Jan 03

The Top 10 Animations of 2009 | Blender Guru

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To finish off 2009 and (yes it’s 2010 and I’m back to work tomorrow) I’ll show you the 2009 Top 10 animation list according to Andrew Price at Blender Guru

10. Fallen

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Fallen features the most unlikely of main characters: a falling asteroid. The short follows his quick descent down to earth as he deals with the concept of life and death. The ending is executed perfectly, and more than nails home the point: Live your life to the fullest, regardless of the end.

9. French Roast

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Winner of several major film festivals, French Roast focuses on a quiet restaurant patron who wants nothing more than to enjoy his coffee and read his paper. It’s a fun little short with a great ending, that manages to fit a complicated story into almost only one camera shot.

8. Ataque de Pánico!

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Ataque de Pánico! plays like a 10 year old boys wet dream: Giant robots blowin’ up a city. But whilst it wins no points for it’s story, it more than makes up for it with it’s impressive special effects. The variety of locations and quick cuts means the viewer doesn’t get a chance to get bored. The amount of work that went into rotoscoping and filming all this is worth the watch on it’s own. But what blows my mind is that all this was shot on $300 budget, and yet it still manages to pack the punch of a major hollywood blockbuster.

7. Spec Ops: The Line Trailer

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This beautifully crafted trailer paints the scene of a deserted Dubai after cataclysmic sandstorms have blown in, scaring away the once thriving population. The amazing visuals combined with haunting soundtrack of Bjork build an eery tension that leave you wanting more.

6. Blood Trails

(Viewer Discretion is Advised – Extremely Violent)

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Blood Trails, is definately the most disturbing animation I’ve ever seen in my life, but it’s also one of the best. The trailer was produced and directed by Nathan Love who was asked by Perspective Studios to create an engaging trailer for a feature length script to help sell the concept to investors. Whether or not this will one day be made into a film is beyond me, but the sheer excitement and terror contained in this trailer makes me think it probably will. For more info on this short, check out this interview with Nathan Love.

5. Please Say Something

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This isn’t your typical short, and it’s not for everyone either. Please Say Something, follows the story of a troubled relationship between a cat and a mouse. The fast paced abrupt editing can at first be hard to follow, but by the end you’ll be completely drawn in. The character building is absolutely fantastic and the old school stylized video game look is the icing on the cake.

4. Yankee Gal

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Set in World War II, Yankee Gal shows a pilot’s dream-like moments between life and death. The amazing visuals combined with the superb audio effects, make for an amazing short that stays in your mind long after it’s finished.

3. Alma

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Certainly a late comer to the party, Alma was released less than 2 weeks ago in time for Christmas. This amazing short was created in 2 years by an enomously talented team of artists. The ending was predictable, but with the creepy sounds, brilliant colors, and steady pacing, it didn’t matter: my eyes were peeled to the screen from start to finish.

2. Partly Cloudy

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It shouldn’t surprise you that Pixar’s Partly Cloudy got a mention here. It’s comical enough to entertain children, yet wholesome enough to give the adults the warm and fuzzies. This charming tale about personal responsibility is told without a single line of dialogue, but thanks to Pixar’s knack for story telling we know exactly what’s happening.

1. Steel Life

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Steel Life is a visually stunning masterpiece that takes the viewer on a journey of life’s deepest emotions. It’s not the sort of movie you’d put on to entertain your friends, this particular short is best viewed by yourself, in a dark room, with the volume up. Steel Life is a truly engaging experience, and in my opinion is the best animation of 2009.

Honourable mentions:

Dec 31

A Christmas Greeting from LEON

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A little bit “philosophical” and a bit fun Christmas Greeting from Ad agency LEON in Norrköping.

Have a look at the “Behind the scenes”.

Click the image to see the greeting.

Dec 30


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A chat with Animation Supervisor Richard Baneham about working on Avatar.

No news, same thing as before but a little bit more.


Movie Trailers and Reviews — ReelzChannel.com.

Dec 29

The Mill Creates the World for Guinness

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Interview with Lead 2D and Flame artist Rich Roberts who gives fxguide an insight into The Mill’s work for the epic commercial.

Mountains, forests and oceans come to life in ‘World’, a Johnny Green-directed spot for Guinness, with visual effects by The Mill.


fxguide – vfx knowledge – The Mill Creates the World for Guinness.

Dec 28

Merry Holidays! from Motionographer.

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A compilation from Motiongrapher of animations that caught their eyes!One from swedish Againstallodds.

Happy Kwaanza! Feliz Navidad! Happy Hannukah, Joyous Solstice and Merry Christmas to all! Annual holiday greetings are a place for self-promotion, experimentation, and a little bit of silly fun. We rounded up some of the ones that caught our eye this holiday season. Enjoy!

Axis Animation
Blacklist (againstallodds)
Curious Pictures (Hayley Morris)
Experience Mobile Mobile by LBI
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Greyscale Gorilla
Mother London
Mr and Mrs. Smith
Octopus Pie
Picasso Pictures

Merry Holidays! | Motionographer | Motion graphics, design, animation, filmmaking and visual effects.

Dec 27

Top 2009 Independent Short Movies

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Top 2009 Independent Short Movies according to itsartmag.com

In no perticular order, here’s the list of the Top #15 2009 best independant short movies featured on itsartmag.com. Enjoy!

Top 2009 Independent Short Movies.

Dec 26

The vfx show » vfxs092: Avatar

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Listen to Mike Seymour, David Stripinis, Mark Christiansen and Ian Failes discuss the visual effects in the feature film, “Avatar”.

Listen to vfxshow 092 here

the vfx show » vfxs092: Avatar.

Dec 25

Avatar – Behind The Scenes (B-Rolls)

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Just for the fun of it or if you don’t have anything else to do, you can spend some time watching these B-rolls from Avatar.


Dec 24

Merry Christmas-for the ones that remember -‘V’

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Merry Christmas to u all! Some good news! For all of you who remembers the 1983 series of V, now it’s back with vfx by Zoic studios.

For you who doesn’t remember….

V was a popular science-fiction TV series that debuted in 1983. Audiences were drawn to its potent mixture of alien invasion and fascist allegory. The “Visitors” initially claim to be a peaceful humanoid race with advanced, space faring technology intent on helping mankind. The resistance, a small group of renegade scientists and ordinary people ultimately discover their true reptilian nature and evil plot to eradicate humanity. In 2009 V has returned.

V has returned as a re-imagined, 9/11-infused update on ABC with groundbreaking new visual effects provided by sci-fi veterans, Zoic Studios (Battlestar Galactica, Firefly and District 9).

fxguide – visual effects school – ‘V’ Returns with Zoic V-FX.

Dec 23

North Kingdom-Showreel 2009

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The “snowmen” from the north has compiled a new showreel for 2009. Great work! I’m sending a Merry christmas to my all in Skellefteå, where I went to school learning computer graphics a long time ago.

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