The Postcard

https://vimeo.com/239414688

2037. What a great year. It was the year when I travelled to Southeast Asia and I experienced things I will never forget. Luckily, postcards will be always there to remind us that the past, sometimes, is not so different from the future. Or is it?

Direction: Device
Art Direction: Device
Illustration: Device & Toni Sala
Animation: David Feliu, Device, Javi Vaquero, Juan Nadalino, Pere Hernández & Sebastian Garcia
Clean up: Rafael Andrade & Toni Sala
Original Idea: Device & Carlos Serra
Script: Carlos Serra
Script English Translation: Shaina Machlus.

Music y Sound Design: Device
Voice Over: Amanda Goldsmith

Special thanks:
BlackBox, Idea Sonora & Shaina Machlus

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Mr. Carefree Butterfly

https://vimeo.com/214444491

A carefree millennial helps his friend to move to the suburbs.

Music: Daniel Markovich

Sound Design: Florian Clamer

Actors: Caleb Fietsam, Ryan Masson, Henita Telo

Graduate Film From CalArts by Yonatan Tal


Remote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j-aHR8E1e0

Background on the film:

The film started out as a little personal project between Andrew Lavery and Mathew Rees, with the original intention being to make a short 15-second gag. As is always the case though it grew just a little bit and even though it's still just a simple gag, we padded it out to 2 minutes. The story is based on real-life events that happened on Christmas Day in 1978.........not really.

The credit list is,

Directed by - Andrew Lavery, Mathew Rees

Character Designers - Adam Cootes, Andrew Lavery, Mathew Rees

Concept Art by - Adam Cootes, James Grant

Animation by - Mathew Rees

Modelling by - Andrew Lavery, Mathew Rees

Lighting, Texturing and Compositing by - Andrew Lavery

Rigging by - Mathew Rees, Dorota Sikorska

Foley by - Paul Ackerman

Sound Design by - Laura Izzard, Will Norie

Voices by - Noa Rees, Jac Rees, Mathew Rees

Executive Producer - Jess McKillop


Automat

https://vimeo.com/146111639

 

by Oliver Abbott

http://www.oliverabbott.com
otabbott@gmail.com
Rendered with Pixar's Cancerous RenderMan®

 


Walking Christmas

https://vimeo.com/245904910

WALKING CHRISTMAS

CREDITS
Client:
PERSONAL WORK
Production, and Design: BUDA
Art Director: Dalmiro Buigues
Animation Director: Martin Dasnoy
Original Character design: Juan Molinet
( instagram.com/molinetjuan/)

song: “On my side” – Gordi


Merry Christmas from Nebula Studios

https://vimeo.com/196207277

Credits
Director: Rafael Sousa
3D Animation/ Modeling: Rafael Sousa
Particles Animation: João Batista
2D Animation: Marco Boto
Sound Design: Ergonoise
Music: Richard Strauss, Also Sprach Zarathustra - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan, Deutsche Grammophon (1959)


Bernie

https://vimeo.com/223916346


Lucas the Spider - It's Cold Outside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_50sPyfgVA4

Lucas the Spider, a.k.a. the cutest animated spider you’ll ever see, is back. In a new short from Joshua Slice, Lucas is stuck outside on a frigid night. He looks in the window of a warm house and admires the fireplace, pointing out how he could warm all eight of his legs if he was allowed in. The animator, who works for Blue Sky Studios, originally posted the video on YouTube and shared it to his personal Facebook page.

 


BBC One Christmas 2017 | The Supporting Act

https://youtu.be/8PstSiTCk74

The making of the BBC One Christmas film

https://youtu.be/DUDWVcFpYUE

Inside BBC One’s Christmas 2017 Trail | Anatomy Of An Ad

https://youtu.be/K0k1devvtSk

BBC One’s thoroughly British Christmas trail for 2017 has not only impressed (most of) the nation in the festive spot stakes but also proven the creative prowess of the corporation’s in-house agency.

‘The Supporting Act’ tells the story of a young girl vying for her dad’s attention as she practises a dance routine in the lead-up to her school’s Christmas talent contest. He appears preoccupied with work throughout most of the film, however when a bout of stage fright gets the better of his daughter on the big day, he reveals he’s learnt the entire routine when he helps her recall the steps from the back of the hall.

Devised by BBC Creative, the two-minute trail’s truly human story and on-brand spirit of ‘oneness’ has seen it garner much praise from the public. The positive reception is no doubt a relief for the BBC, given that the in-house shop took up the festive mantle from Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R (now Y&R London).

Following the footsteps of the heritage creative shop wasn’t a task the trail’s creative team, led by Amar Marwaha and Arvid Härnqvist, took lightly.

“It was a chance to start afresh, a chance for BBC Creative to put a flag in the ground,” said Härnqvist. “The fact it’s done this well makes us proud to work for BBC Creative. It’s the first really big thing out of the blocks and it’s just the starting point of the journey that we’re on.”

 

https://youtu.be/cw0i279pu4w

https://vimeo.com/245915601


Imaginary Friend Society Helps Sick Kids

https://vimeo.com/235575278

https://vimeo.com/235840058

https://vimeo.com/235369673

https://vimeo.com/236586553

Shorts created by various studios to help sick children deal with the struggles of overcoming their illness.


Backstory

https://vimeo.com/245687147

This is fantastic...  warning might not be safe to watch at work.

 

'BACKSTORY'
written and directed by Joschka Laukeninks

for more info visit backstory-film.com
or follow us on facebook facebook.com/backstoryshortfilm
produced by themarmalade.com

written and directed by JOSCHKA LAUKENINKS
produced by BENJAMIN HORSTKOTTE
produced by TOBIAS WICHURA
cinematography by EIKE RIECHE
edited by VERA BERG
starring JAN STAPELFELDT, JESSICA MCINTYRE, XENIA ASSENZA
narrated by PHILIPP MOOG
music GERMAN WAHNSINN
production company THE MARMALADE FILMS

'BACKSTORY' was shot in Germany in 17 shooting days over a period of 1,5 years. It has been screened at more than 110 festivals worldwide and, so far, has won more than 30 international awards. Our love goes out to all the wonderful people who worked so hard on this film for such a long time! :-)

see the full crew list and more info at backstory-film.com

here is some of the 33 AWARDS we have won
* BEST SUPER SHORT* at NEW YORK CITY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL New York City, US
*BEST SHORT* at ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL, Orlando, US
*BEST FOREIGN SHORT* at TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL Woodward, US
*BEST FILM* COLCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL, Colchester, UK
*BEST OF FESTIVAL* at FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL Schull, Cork, Ireland
*ROGER DEAKINS AWARD* at PLYMOUTH FILM FESTIVAL Plymouth, UK
*JURY AWARD* at HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL, Hamilton, US
*BEST DIRECTOR* at FARM FILM FESTIVAL, Sicily, Italy
*BEST FOREIGN SHORT* at ANOTHER INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, Wisconsin, USA
*BEST IN SHOW* at CREATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Ottawa, Canada
*AUDIENCE AWARD* at OPORTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Porto, Portugal
*BEST STORY* at REVOLUTION ME FESTIVAL, New York City, US
(...)

joschka-laukeninks.de
facebook.com/backstoryshortfilm


Sprite | #WannaSprite | Cranberry Animated - Ft. LeBron James and Vocals by DRAM

https://youtu.be/dNqTzjxeWBI

ANL - Aardman Nathan Love Does it again!

King James cools down a sweaty Christmas dinner at grandma’s house with ice cold cans of Sprite Cranberry while D.R.A.M. remixes an old classic. Breaking the week before Thanksgiving, “Thirstiest Time” was directed by Aardman Nathan Love’s Joe Burrascano and executive produced by Jon O’Hara. The spot was created by the New York office of Wieden + Kennedy for The Coca-Cola Company and produced by Aardman Nathan Love.


The Bloop Troop

https://vimeo.com/182980061

Winner of Best Animated Short Film 24FPS International Animation Festival 2016
Nominated for Suzanne Awards Best Short 2016
Official Selection at International Motion Festival Cyprus 2016
Official Selection at Big Muddy Film Festival 2017
Official Selection at Beeston Film Festival 2017

A ruthless barbarian, a hair-splitting master archer and a knight in shining armor are brought together in the battlefield by a common enemy- a formidable fly. What ensues in this battle of epic proportions tests everyone’s skills and takes an age-old war that every human has wanted to win, to a whole new level.

http://www.TheBloopTroop.com
http://www.Pencillati.com

_________________________

CREDITS:

Directed By : Ram Singh

Produced by : Vivek Singh Sidhu

Character Design : Kshiraj Telang, Ram Singh

Storyboard : Sonny Santos

Pre Production Design : Ram Singh

3D Layouts : Ankit Rawat

3D Previz : Rahul Gupta

Technical Lead : Sagar Karwa, Aarchish Jain

Rigging : Aarchish Jain

Animators : Rahul Gupta, Dishi Arora, Rajesh Gupta, Pinki Naskar

3D Modleing : Ankit Rawat

3D Texturing : Ankit Rawat, Anoop Ramdey

Lighting and 3D Visual Development : Sagar Karwa

Production Cordinator : Pooja Dogra

Sound And Music : Orange Byte Studios

Typography Design : Deepak Dogra

IT Support : Pradeep Dabas

Public Relations : Agnishekhar Chakraborty

Copywriters : Vivek Mangipudi, Srishti Jain

Created Using : Blender 3D


Comedy for Animators: Don't Be That Guy

https://youtu.be/_-91_iXATY8

https://youtu.be/nGojEyYBmwc

 

https://youtu.be/waEVru0u_Nk

 

Funny Reference Footage from Comedy for Animators


Cradle by Devon Manney

After winning the 2017 Student Academy Award, one of my USC students - Devon Manney is aiming for Oscar gold with his short following a veteran as he returns home from the Iraq War after losing both of his arms. From Hollywood Reporter - The 23-year-old made Cradle as his senior-year thesis film at USC's animation program.

https://vimeo.com/220083389

https://www.facebook.com/cradle2017/videos/218024858737125/


The Largest Entertainment Conglomerate Just Got Bigger

More at the NYT - LOS ANGELES — In a move that will reverberate from Hollywood and Silicon Valley to TVs and smartphones around the world, the Walt Disney Company said Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox, the empire controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion.

While the agreement is subject to the approval of antitrust regulators — and the Justice Department recently a big media company, moved to block AT&T, from becoming even bigger — Disney is acknowledging that the future of television and movie viewing is online. The acquisition, which would make Disney a colossus unlike anything Hollywood has ever seen, is the biggest counterattack from a traditional media company against the tech giants that have aggressively moved into the entertainment business.

So what happens to BlueSky?

So the big Studios now are:

  • Disney / Fox
  • Warner Brothers
  • Universal
  • Paramount
  • Sony

Walt Disney Co. has announced its plans to acquire 20th Century Fox, as part of buying all of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for $52.4 billion.

The deal will mean that Disney will be acquiring film assets including the original Star Wars trilogy, Avatar, X-Men and Deadpool, Ice Age, Rio and new release Ferdinand.

Disney has confirmed that Deadpool will stay R Rated.

In terms of TV, Disney will own TV channel FX, and animated series including The Simpsons, Family Guy and Archer.

There is currently no news yet on what this means for Blue Sky Studios, the feature animation studio owned by 21st Century Fox. Disney of course already has Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar as part of its animation roster.

According to Hollywood Reporter, an insider said “‘They are nervous,’ one source in the tight-knit animation community confides, although he cautions it’s ‘too early to tell’ how the Disney-Fox merger could play out.”


Hearthstone Animated Short: Hearth and Home

https://youtu.be/vPguoeYTvMI

THE ANIMATION IN THIS IS SOOOOOOOO GOOD I CANNOT STAND IT!

Harth Stonebrew’s Tavern is a special place. If you strolled among the packed tables and raucous laughter on a busy night, you’d overhear stories of exhausting travel and perilous adventure—and of lucky voyagers somehow finding the tavern just when they needed it the most.

For the colorful cast of characters who call it home, the tavern is more than just a place to put up their feet or toss back a tasty brew. For them, it’s where the magic of hospitality fills the air, and good times are shared by everyone who happens through the door. In the tavern, the joy of the unexpected or the thrill of competition can be found at any hour. Watch, and discover why Hearthstone is home.

LEARN MORE about Hearthstone: https://www.battle.net/hearthstone/ SUBSCRIBE to follow Hearthstone: http://blizz.ly/Subscribe Hearthstone is Blizzard Entertainment’s highly acclaimed digital strategy card game that’s easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.


Ticking Away

https://vimeo.com/246940787


Once A Hero

https://vimeo.com/155066827

Li, Xia

Li XIa, a Chinese animator presents his new animated short movie, Once a hero, made during his last graduation year.


Redshift 2.5 Feature Preview: NVIDIA AI Denoising

https://youtu.be/ofcCQdIZAd8

Redshift 2.5 will add improved progressive rendering by taking full advantage of NVIDIA AI denoising as demonstrated in this video rendered on a dual GTX 980ti desktop.


Breakdown of a Dragon Animation

https://youtu.be/mFH3EZs1BE4

 

She talks really fast but there is some good workflow content there.  I was going to do a tutorial like this because I have a student struggling to make a similar piece in class, but this should cover most of everything I was going to say.  You will just have to stop and start because she really does talk too fast, especially with such a thick accent.


Ziva Lion Breakdown

https://vimeo.com/239275691

Latest creature work from Ziva Dynamics
zivadynamics.com

Modeling - Paulo Welter
Creature TD - Andy van Straten
Animation - Paul Tempelman, Tony Wood


Riot Creative Contest 2017 - Deadline January 31, 2018

Categories

Expect killer prizes, amazing art, and stiff competition. For those of you that weren't around for our 2014 Riot Contest, check out the Winners from the last time. We're still formalizing the rules for this go around but expect them to be very similar to the 2014 version.

  • Contest starts November 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (PT). Stay tuned for official contest rules and guidelines which will be announced then!
  • The deadline for entries is January 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (PT)
  • Winners will be announced and posted on Polycount, RealTime VFX, and on a Riot Art Site TBA
  • Artists participating in this contest must be a member of the Polycount Community. Registration is free by clicking here
  • One person per entry; no team entries
  • A WIP (work-in-progress) thread must be made and maintained in the contest sub-forum for your discipline:
  • A forum thread to ask questions regarding the contest – overview, rules, judging, and prizes – has been made specifically for this contest. Please ask your questions here, in the Riot Creative Contest 2017 Q&A thread
  • The art work submitted to this contest must be originally made for this contest. No existing art work will be accepted
  • Riot Games is the sole judge of the contest and the judgment will be final
  • When you’re ready to submit your masterpiece, head over TBD
  • For the official contest rules, click here
  • Please note: Current partners, contractors, and employees of Riot Games are not eligible for participation in this contest

You can ask questions regarding the contest here. But just in case, here are some questions we've anticipated you may have:

I am interested in multiple categories, is it possible to submit art to multiple categories?

Hell yeah! You can enter as many categories as you want.

Do I have use any specific software or middleware engine solutions?

Nope. Feel free to use whatever software and middleware you’re comfortable with.

I don't know much about League of Legends but want to enter. Where could I go to learn about the game and its story?

You can find information about League of Legends by clicking here. You can also read about the champions of League of Legends, their regions in the world of Runeterra, and the stories we've published here.

I am interested in creating multiple entries for the same category. Is that acceptable?

Yes. These will be seen as separate entries in the contest.

I have an idea for a new champion. Can I use this for this competition?

No. This is a fan art competition. If you are creating an art piece, you can either recreate a champion/skin with your own take on it or create your own original skin for one of our established champions. We are not judging your idea but the final execution. Be sure that if you are designing your own skin that we can still tell who the champion is.

If you're creating a piece of narrative, please follow the guidelines described.

What angle and FOV should I use for my assets?

The angle to use is around 55 degrees with the FOV being 40.

Can I use other maps other than Diffuse?

Yes. You can use Alpha maps.

Can I use a concept art from a friend or that I found online?

No. You can only use your own concept or any concept of Riot. Please do not use other people's concepts that you did not create or own even if they gave you permission. That would constitute teamwork which is against the rules as stated.

For animations, can I use a character model that I ripped from another game?

No. Do not use any copyrighted materials especially where they were acquired illegally. You can use any rig (even something very primitive) for this contest. We are judging the animations and not the model/rig you use.


Edeka Christmas Commercial

https://youtu.be/aknucxb0xSo


THE RETURN OF THE MONSTER

https://vimeo.com/244830270

Will you wake up from this nightmare ? ...HUIIIIIH !

A short film by MegaComputeur.

Our facebook page : facebook.com/MegaComputeurAnimation

Directed by Corentin Yvergniaux, Camille Jalabert, Quentin Camus
Music and Mixing by Pierre-François Renouf (Le Refuge)


ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | OFFICIAL TRAILER #1 | 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqYfXOYqzy4

Jesus those giant eyes...


SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - Official Teaser Trailer

https://youtu.be/ii3n7hYQOl4

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask #SpiderVerse In Theaters Christmas 2018.


Dark Dark Woods

https://vimeo.com/203703152

Young princess Maria has had about enough of her royal life – it’s all lesson, responsibilities and duties on top of each other, every hour of every day. Overwhelmed, Maria is swept away on an adventure into the monster-filled dark, dark woods.

Want to know more about The Animation Workshop?
Website: animwork.dk/en/
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/The-Animation-Workshop-Official-Page/10452541819
Tumblr: theanimationworkshop.tumblr.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/TAW_Denmark
Instagram: instagram.com/animationworkshop/

DARK DARK WOODS was made by a team of 3rd-year Character Animation & CG Art students at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. Check out the individual student’s blogs (links below) to learn more about the talent behind the film!

CREDITS
Emile Gignoux
Director – emilegignoux.portfoliobox.net/

Mik Løvenbalch Kirchheiner
Lead Animator/Production Manager - mikkirchheiner.portfoliobox.net/showreel2

Lillith Pilgaard Knudsen
Co-Art Director/Technical Art Director/Production Manager - luluthir.tumblr.com/

Julia Mika Andersson
Character Design Lead/Animator - miikanism.com/

Nicole Fortes
Animator/BG Artist/Visual Development Artist - thefortafolio.blogspot.dk/

Alexandre Hatimi
Animator/Storyboard/Story Artist - alexandre-hatimi.strikingly.com

Louise Emilie Hovgård
2D Character and FX Animation/Character Design/Storyboarding - louisehovgard.blogspot.dk/

Mik Løvenbalch Kirchheiner

Lead Animator/Production Manager - mikkirchheiner.portfoliobox.net/showreel2

Lillith Pilgaard Knudsen
Co-Art Director/Technical Art Director/Production Manager - luluthir.tumblr.com/

Julia Mika Andersson
Character Design Lead/Animator - miikanism.com/

Nicole Fortes
Animator/BG Artist/Visual Development Artist - thefortafolio.blogspot.dk/

Alexandre Hatimi
Animator/Storyboard/Story Artist - alexandre-hatimi.strikingly.com

Louise Emilie Hovgård
2D Character and FX Animation/Character Design/Storyboarding - louisehovgard.blogspot.dk/


Traversal Animation - Dota2 Rig Test

https://vimeo.com/220429358

Wes also animated this progression breakdown of Lily jumping.

 

https://vimeo.com/228954628


Nathan Love/Aardman - Winter Refresh

https://vimeo.com/245604687

 

More about the project here.

A collaborative development process “helped [ANL] decide on both the scope and look of the project,” according to EP Jon O’Hara. “We won the assignment based on an incredible stop-motion CG look we gave to several beloved Nick characters, and then our original concept snowballs and their hijinks.” This digital stop-mo effect, meant to recall the old Rudolph and Frosty specials from Rankin/Bass per the project brief, “inspired [ANL] to build a world rooted in tactile materials, but with the freedom to create some wilder narratives.”

 


Unplug!

https://vimeo.com/245652744

"UNPLUG!" is the first lesson in Richard Williams’ book: "The Animator's Survival Kit". Richard added some drawings to the lesson, illustrating what happened one day he went to see Milt Kahl.
I've always found those drawings very inspiring and the story was just screaming to be animated. The audio is taken from a Richard Williams’ masterclass video where, luckily for me, he re-enacted the story!.

PS: I did not listen to music while doing this.
Well... just a tiny bit.


Free Rigged Fantasy Crocodile

Fantasy Crocodile Rig is a free Maya rig.

I have not tested it with my students but opened it in Maya and it seems pretty stable.


Industry Job Spreadsheet

The Industry Job Spreadsheet was compiled by Chris Mayne and is an amazing resource for job seekers.

It is full of industry job posting and can be filtered to show only animation roles.

This spreadsheet an more are located here on the Thinking Animation website.


Digital Humans In Real-time - Adam

https://youtu.be/tSDsi2ItktY

What are you willing to do, to be saved? Oats Studios presents a new chapter of ADAM and a new tribe of human survivors in this post-apocalyptic world. Created entirely in real time using Unity, check out Episode 3.

For more info, check out : https://unity.com/madewith/adam

Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI0l...

Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8NeB...

Oats Website: https://oatsstudios.com/

Steam Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/633...

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/oatsstudios/ Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/oatsstudios/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oatsstudios

Unity Website: https://unity.com/madewith/adam

Twitter: https://twitter.com/unity3d

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unity3d/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Unity3D

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4PoQk2tO1E

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn3dt_koTio

More at Cartoon Brew


BBoy Animation Test

https://vimeo.com/193455557


Better When I’m Dancing

https://vimeo.com/242488829


Some Very Important Writing Tips From Neil Gaiman

Writing Advice From Neil Gaiman via Buzzfeed.

So: your protagonist and antagonist need to meet. How should it happen?

"It's really fun to have characters who want things that are completely opposed, and for you as a reader to want them both to happen in some way."

"It's really fun to have characters who want things that are completely opposed, and for you as a reader to want them both to happen in some way."

You can also have your protagonist fall for it — literally.

Try the classic: two nemeses walk into a bar...

Or make them star-crossed. Really, really star-crossed.

But what happens if my protagonist is straight-up about to die and they can't yet, because I need them?

Wait, what?!

Okay, that's fair. But Neil, what if I REALLY don't want to murder my protagonist?

Excellent. Now, go forth and kill your heroes.


Dog Animation Test

https://vimeo.com/242412030