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Ian Cheng’s creative use of motion capture is a lot of fun. Cheng says of his first commissioned piece:
“For Brats, I used a familiar animated narrative– hapless hunter vs. terroristic rabbit– as a format to grow a garden of signature motions. This collection of motions becomes material to recompose a new non-narrative choreography that animates the bodies of Liars. The Brats video documents this entropic haunting– from the ingredients of familiar meaning arises the terror of reckless non-meaning. A dog wanders indifferently through the animation, true to its nature.”
Two dogs waiting patiently to get served in restaurant. Yet, in spite of waiting, they never get anything to drink. Honestly, no animals were harmed in making this video. The dogs loved it! They are best friends and really like getting all the attention.
We’re seeing a lot of good animations coming out of Israel these days! Neta Cohen’s wild “Tap To Retry” is a wonderful mix of stop-motion paper and dazzling eye-candy. Cohen graduated from the department of visual communication at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem recently.
Hot off the press from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Israeli comes “God is Kidding”. This was created by students Boaz Balachsan and Dima Tretyakov, with the concept of children giving their opinions about God and faith. The idea recalls the Irish animated series “Give Up Yer Aul Sins”, which was based on 1960s recordings of children telling Bible stories, but Balachsan and Tretyakov add an idiosyncratic mixed media style and smart visual/audio transitions.
Sarah Jolley, from Vancouver Film School, has just released “Skip” — a fun, little animation with a dash of Buster Keaton.
The playful Whale Trail sees Gruff declaring, “This is a motivational song, let’s all get along!” This has been inspired by the accompanying iPhone and iPad game of the same name designed and developed by usTwo.
I’m on the whale trail,
And I won’t fail whale
Just set sail
With heavy tail to the bottom of the clouds
And when I set sail
I won’t tell tales
To the toppermost of the sky
There ain’t no riots in the sky
Just a riot of colour
That will last forever.
Fernanda Ribeiro graduated from the Vancouver Film School’s Classical Animation course. This is her Flash short, which is both cute and nicely executed.
You can the check out more of her work at feribeiro.com.
Australian filmmaker Dave Jones directed a live show the end of last year that combined interactive animated projections with giant puppets. Take a look…
The performance of Highly Strung featured a giant 14-meter puppet. It took place on the night of October 28th, 2011, during the Nati Frinj festival. The puppet took ten people to operate and had animation (largely created by the children) projected onto it from projectors mounted both on the ground and in the head of the puppet itself.