Cows With Guns

February 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Animation of the song Cows With Guns by Dana Lyons (www.cowswithguns.com), created by Bjorn-Magne Stuesol (www.shagrat.net).

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Nokia Morph Concept

February 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices. Morph can sense its environment, is energy harvesting and self cleaning .
Morph is a flexible two-piece device that can adapt its shape to different use modes. Nanotechnology enables to have adaptive materials yet rigid forms on demand.
It is also featured in the MoMA online exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind”. It has been a collaboration project of Nokia Research Center and Cambridge Nanoscience Center.
Find out more at http://www.nokia.com/A4852062

Sex Machine

February 26, 2008 Leave a comment

James Brown does it like a sex machine.
This is episode 2 of The Meth Minute 39, a weekly series of original animated shorts by animator Dan Meth. Watch them and get more info at www.methminute39.com.

In An Abandoned City Before A Tropical Storm…

February 25, 2008 Leave a comment

… a woman decides to stay…
“Fin d’ete (End of Summer)” is beautiful and very atmospheric animation from Patrick Harboun, Ronan Le Fur and Joaquim Montserrat – three French students from animation school Supinfocom. You can find a lot of information about this animation and its creation at www.findete.com.

Impressive, realy impressive! Not so often students tend to do realistic 3D but it has its own cause of course. So, VideoDoc advises:

  • use proper cameras. Cameras in this video was smooth, slowly moving. This helps keep focus on character, his feelings, face in that case, allows to predict, guess what caracter is feeling before unknown coming storm. Does hand held action camera would properly deliver atmosphere in this case?

So much for a students! Great atmosphere. This time VideoDoc let video speak for itself!

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A History Of Evil

February 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Animated Documentary-Mockumentary about Evil in western civilization from Ancient Greece to present day. The film was intended to show what people have believed in and pointed to as evil throughout history, to get you to think about what evil really is and to show that when we get too obsessed with “evil” we might end up taking part in it ourselves.
This is a student project, animated frame by frame in flash and composited and textured in AfterEffects.

Authors said pretty much and detailed about project by their own. VideoDoc this time just want to point out key moments:

  •  Simple Animation. This time simple 2D Flash animation comes very, very handy. When you want to express, reveal some nowadays human or even society’s temper give a try to simplicity. And try to connect simple 2D with funny, humorous caricature-like drawings and people will like it and take a watch so chances your message get to them rises.  Of course, it is not the only way 🙂
  • Tell Your Story. Don’t be afraid of people hearing your voice!  Help picture to send message. Here one man done voice records and here it worked well! You don’t have to be voice actor, you can do it by yourself! Take a paper if what, no one will see from other side of your monitor that you are reading your message.

VideoDoc is sure that people aren’t evil by nature and we can work out changes in our attitude, behavior and belief systems to positive. While it’s true not only Western civilization but whole humanity has a hope for bright and interesting future

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Oil vs Environment

February 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Amazing visualization of damage which can be caused by oil spills. Nice demonstration of how video can help to promote your online and offline projects.

Have You Ever Witnessed a Collapse of Cartoon World?

January 19, 2008 2 comments

There is no doubt that exists many either rejected or unknown, unreleased cartoons and animations. Don’s Hertzfeldt Rejected Cartoons probably falls into bucket of Great Forgetness. So is there any point to spend time to them? VideoDoc says “Yes”! Rejected Cartoons is mostly black and white, drawn by hand classical animation of first beginning times. It shows many small episodes with crazy and fun stuff evolving fun characters speaking and interacting in non-standard manner and in the end sharing terrible fate – collapse of their world.

After watching this animation VideoDoc feelings could be described in one word – “Awesome”! He has never seen before such somewhat strange yet very funny and crazy cartoon! No doubt that Hertzfeld put his heart into this stuff although this cartoon is chaotic and looks kinda weird but that is what makes him original. And that Alien – eye hunter fellow definitely rocks, so does the ending!

So, here VideoDoc share some advises to folks who sticks with 2D although it will be different then previous ones:

  • Don’t Reject Your Work. You created it, it’s peace of you and those drawn folks need you. They need your attention, dear animator! If you really decided to get rid of them – destroy, erase their world totally with them along.They will forgive you this but they won’t forgive if you just left them to exist alone! You are God, Creator, Master to them and they will accept your fatal decision with respect no matter what although you could scare a hell of them. Once you had drawn them and their world, they start to live and share the joy with you.Nevertheless, if you got feeling that their world becomes unstable and failure of project becomes reality, you loose control and decide to end their suffering – then be sure to destroy everything and not a small thing is left so everything rest in piece in Animation Undead World which no one dares to draw. Hertzfeld had to make his decision and he did it, no one can blame him.

After witnessing for the very first time a collapse of one of cartoon world with it’s inhabitants VideoDoc couldn’t hold small tear as Hertzfeld probably, too. But then again, we can’t change Nature laws and things go as they go. So VideoDoc really advises to think twice before rejecting any of your creations.