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WHOOOOAAAA HOLY SHIT THIS IS SO FUCKING GOOD!
Premier Automne was created by a dream-team of French filmmakers/animators from Je Regarde, Melting Productions and InEfecto and is so out-of-this-world wonderful that, beyond mentioning my über-affection for the final sequence that runs from 8:34-9:01, I don’t want to say anything else as it might ruin the magic of watching this gem for the first time in a dark room with with a nice pair headphones strapped to your ears.
If you’re interested in process than the ‘Making of’ is can’t-miss – as is Do I Have Power?, a music video we posted a couple of Halloweens back by Carlos De Carvalho, one of the co-directors of the attached. Enjoy!
posted by respondcreate on Mar. 29, 2013 in Videos | tags: animation, atmospheric, aude danset, carlos de carvalho, colorful, etheral, fantasy, hd, inefecto, je regarde, melting productions, nature, summer, trippy, winter
“I’ll start a fire with sticks,
I’ll put it out with my fists,
I’ll swim across the sound.
I’ll build a house in the trees,
We’ll live wherever we please,
And never settle down…”
When Tommy Wilson submitted the attached for our perusal he wrote the following in the ‘Why is this perfect for The Tripatorium™?’ field: “It is an awesome music video, trippy and weird in the best way possible. Animation goes perfect with music. This is your bread and butter.”
Jonathan Seligson, a Brooklyn-based independent animator, conjured up a slew of bizarre, psychedelic visuals that simultaneously leverage all the dreamy atmospherics of Black Light Dinner Party‘s synthpop sound while maintaining a narrative structure the pays homage to the song’s earnest, simple lyrics. It’s four-and-a-half minutes of fantastic, sufficiently out-there late-night watchables which is just how I likes ‘em.
The bits are available in 1080p, too so get it loaded full-screen, dim the lights and turn the volume way-up. Enjoy!
Thanks for sending this our way, Tommy!
It appears Dimitri Stankowicz has been hard at work honing his solid-color-fill vector animation style since we first posted his entry into Björk’s Innocence video contest two years ago. The visuals in the attached sync up beautifully (both in timing and spirit) with Rone‘s deep, synth-driven, spaced-out sound. The net-effect is pure, distilled atmosphere so get it loaded in 1080p and strap your headphones on.
This one’s a treat and we owe Brandon Michael Azzarella a big thanks for sharing it with us on Facebook. Cheers, Brandon!
P.S. If you find that your taste in music tends to line-up with my mine then don’t hesitate to pick up the full-length album ‘Bye Bye Macadam’ is from, Tohu Bohu. It’s packed to the brim with the type of soaring, emotive electronica that’s pitch-perfect for late-night drives and contemplative lazy afternoon seshes.
posted by respondcreate on Jan. 07, 2013 in Videos | tags: animation, astronomy, atmospheric, black and white, dimitri stankowicz, electronic music, fantasy, hd, magic, monochromatic, music video, rone, trippy, vector, wormhole
Kyonghwan Kim is a concept artist based in Korea with a portfolio that reminds me of both Yoshitaka Amano‘s muted, richly textured figurative illustrations and Miyazaki’s signature bright, cartoonish style. The six I’ve selected here are but an aperitif; check out Kim’s website for loads more. Enjoy!
I like watching people draw, especially in time lapse. All great illustrators have a dance to their process; a flitting to-and-fro across the surface of their chosen medium, alternating between quick, broad constructive strokes and OCD-driven micro-adjustments of detail. My favorite parts in the above video are when Denman revisits something he’s already ‘completed’ – pay attention to his repeat attempts at the protagonist’s weapons and troll/orc tattoos in particular. He’s not only experimenting with different stylistic approaches but evolving the proportions as well, refining and adjusting until both feel ‘right’.
“Archibald lived in harmony with the surrounding world. Sometimes, after lunch, he would stroll along with a herd of mushrooms…”
I have a distinct memory of watching The Red Balloon in kindergarten. My overall recollection of the event is warped and faded but certain moments are forever burned into my mind. Strangely enough, all of them have nothing to do with the film itself: watching the reel-to-reel projector as it was wheeled in, perched heavily atop a sturdy steel cart with squeaking castors, its bottom shelf empty save for a large metal disc of tightly wound 8mm; the flurry of satisfying clicks and snaps each part on the projector made as my teacher deftly manipulated them into place; the lazy way the bulb brightened and the gentle warmth it radiated, the steady hum of the cooling fan and the slotted shadows its vents cast on the ceiling.
I’ve found that the electricity of a memory varies greatly depending on how old you are and grade school, for me at least, was a time when any new experience would surge through my brain like alternating current.
I felt so calm; so fine-with-everything as it played. It was nice; I wanted to stay there forever. The attached film, by French graphic designer/filmmaker/musician Kadavre Exquis, evoked a similar reaction; the richly textured, meandering landscapes and simple innocence of the characters made me want to melt through the screen for an aimless stroll. It’s warm and peaceful and colorful and chill and, well, lots of things really. The story is nice but it’s over too soon; I watched it four times in quick succession in a failed attempt to prolong the experience. That being said, I was happy to discover that there’s an original soundtrack to Childhood of a Circle that is orders of magnitude longer. You can listen to the entire thing gratis on Kadavre’s website or get the bits to go for a very-reasonable ten bucks.
There’s lots of strange, enigmatic intangibles in his work that I’m drawn to and it’s been fun taking time to tumble down the rabbit hole in an attempt to unravel them. Needless to say, I’m excited to see what Monsieur Exquis will make next.
Oh yeah: full-screen and headphones for this one, y’all. Enjoy!
“Here I am confessing: you’re lost to me now.
I’m on a train telling strangers, about you;
How you’re still looking fine, how you ease my lonely mind;
Long summers and wine: yeah, you saved me.”
Luke Jurevicius, Ari Gibson, Jason Pammet and Shane Devries collaborated together on this quiet, contemplative music video for The Audreys, a five-piece blues/roots band from Adelaide. We’ve featured two of Ari and Jason’s collaborations previously and it’s great to see their how their unique stylistic approach was informed by Luke and Shane’s exquisite and surreal initial concept art. If you’re curious to learn more about how it all came together, click here. Enjoy!
posted by respondcreate on Jan. 04, 2012 in Videos | tags: animation, ari gibson, contemplative, fantasy, hd, jason pammet, luke jurevicius, mellow, monochromatic, music video, quiet, the audreys, trippy
This time lapse video of Joe Fenton drawing is a bit deceiving; since the lighting remains consistent and his wardrobe only appears to change a few times you might think he completed The Lullaby in a matter of a few days.
It took two months.
As I was watching full-screen – the progress bar and UI conveniently hidden away – I kept thinking the video was about to end; how much more detail could he possibly add? What else was there left to do? Just graphite on Arches would have sufficed but Joe pushes it to some next-level shit when he busts out the airbrush, white gouache and muted water watercolors to further enhance its three-dimensionality.
The backing music by his brother, Julian, is a nice compliment to the visuals: mysterious, ethereal and subdued. Full screen and headphones, y’all.
“The authorities have always feared the animal buried deep down within us so they kept everyone from getting wind of this truth. People, who like me had found a ways to awaken these buried instincts, were driven away…”
Six third-year students – De François Barreau, Marion Delannoy, Claire Fauvel, Rachid Guendouze, Vincent Nghiem and Benoit Tranchet – at the esteemed French film school Gobelins created this fantastic animated short that reminds me (in all the best ways) of Mr. Hayao Miyazaki’s work. I’m confident you’ll enjoy it.
The creation of The Tripatorium™ was inspired by three videos in particular, sorted here in ascending importance: Kill Your Co-Workers, The Music Scene and The Parachute Ending. Those aforementioned music videos are the exact sort of thing I like to watch most: more than TV; more than movies; more than even Adventure Time and Regular Show (it’s true). They’re bundles of electrons that, when translated into patterns of rapidly flashing combinations of red, green and blue light, seem to massage every synapse within the entertainment processing neighborhood of my brain. My hope was that, if I shared them, I might find other people who felt the same way.
It turns out I have!
One of those people, Mark I., just wrote in with Birdy Nam Nam‘s latest video that, like it’s predecessor (the aforementioned The Parachute Ending) is packed with artwork from the talented Mr. Will Sweeney. However it was Machine Molle (and not Steve Scott) that provided direction this time around who, you might recall, was the production unit behind the excellent Sur Le Quai. It’s gorgeous, bizarre, trippy business friends. I hope it serves to improve your Saturday night. Cheers!
Thanks for the heads-up, Mark!
“The challenge of this movie was to reproduce the entire production process of an animated 3D shortfilm by myself including story development, concept design, modeling, rigging, directing, editing, animating, rendering and finally compositing.” –Marius Herzog
The Tale Of Mr. Rêvus was created almost entirely by Marius Herzog as his final graduation project from University Of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg. It’s stunningly fantastic stuff – just an all-around treat to experience – so set aside some time to give it your full attention. We’re especially fond of it’s excellent score which was penned by Simon Scharf and then performed by the Hochschule für Musik orchestra as conducted by Guido Johannes Rumstadt. If this is what Marius is capable of now, just imagine what he’ll be creating the future; needless to say, our expectations are justifiably high.
“I hear a noise, I put the spell, I put the coin,
Into the wishing well.
You make a point, I make a yell,
I am alive I make a yell into the wishing well.”
Colorful high definition animation set to some french electro pop that takes the viewer on a bizarre fantastic voyage through a forest to a flying train, the inner wormhole visions of the mind and beyond. In other words: an instant classic of The Tripatorium™. Direction from Sanghon Kim, production by Machine Molle (of Cartoon Style Fighting Kids fame) with backing tunes courtesy Les Mains Ensorcelées.
The proper viewing ritual should be familiar by now: full screen, in HD with a nice pair of headphones strapped to your skull. Enjoy!
Yannick Puig was commissioned to direct and produce this strange and surreal music video for Sandy Lavallart (a.k.a. Kwoon). If you’re interested, head on over to Yannick’s website for a behind-the-scenes look into the inspiration and creative process that went into making the film. A big thanks goes to ‘bugy’ for the heads up on this one. Cheers!
Digital artist Dan Luvisi combines many of my favorite things in his artwork: robots, comic books, dinosaurs, sharks, jets shaped like sharks…I could go on and on. His coloring and shading is top notch, and his original characters stand out in a very unique way. it appears Dan is currently working on his own graphic novel titled “Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter”. Right now he’s mainly working on developing characters, but I am VERY excited to see where this thing goes.
Love the style of Andrew Mar’s artwork. It’s jagged, surreal, rooted in fantasy, but very precise and drawn with clear purpose. Well done, sir.
Eric Fortune’s illustrations/paintings are nuanced, delicate, quiet and drenched in emotional weight. It’s rare to find work that is both surreal and so natural to relate to. See more on his website.
Therese has a playful, innocent quality to her work that I love. See more of her work on her CargoCollective page.