Animation for Ma’agalim – Uri Lotan

Ma'agalim, Jane Bordeaux; animated video directed by Url Lotan
Ma’agalim is a beautiful short animation (3:30 minutes) directed by Uri Lotan. It is the music video for the song of the same name by Jane Bordeaux.

It portrays a mechanically animated wooden doll in the revolving scene of an arcade amusement, walking in pace as the landscape rolls beneath her feet.

If you click the “Read more…” link on the Vimeo page, you will see someone’s translation of the song lyrics, as well as a more complete credit list for the film.

Given Lotan’s film credits — which include Hotel Transylvania II — I have to assume that this is done with CGI; but the textures are so real and visceral, I have to wonder.

However it was done, it is wonderfully realized, emotionally touching and superbly art directed and produced.

View it in full screen mode.

[Via Jim Nelson]


Forms in Nature

Forms in Nature, animation
Forms in Nature is an animated short film (2 minutes) in which natural and man-made forms are compared and contrasted within a carefully constrained and artfully orchestrated set of design parameters.

Largely focused on a central circle, the most basic of geometric forms, the images follow one another, often in shared screen transitions, in a way that encourages thoughtful and pleasurable re-viewing.

The vector art is beautifully realized and the entire animation is a visual and intellectual delight.

Intended as part of what I hope is a larger series, the production is credited to “Chromosphere“, a collaborative effort by Kevin Dart, Stéphane Coëdel, David Kamp, and Nelson Boles.

You can see more of their work here.

There is an extensive page devoted to the making of Forms in Nature on Motionographer.

[Via Cartoon Brew]



Mother, animaged short
Mother is a touching and beautifully realized animated short (5 minutes) about the weight of maintaing a family and household.

The film, done in a Japanese influenced style [correction: I’m told the style is Korean], was made by a group of third-year students at Sheridan College.

The group, led by Stephanie Chew, calls themselves Studio Kokorosh. (For full credits, please see the Vimeo page.) They have a blog with concept art and preliminary images as well as screenshots from the film.

Mother has been nominated for Best Student Film for the Annie Awards, and the group is currently trying to crowdfund a trip to the awards presentation.

[Via Digg]



Batz, animated short, Max Maleo & Aurelien Predal
Batz is an animated short (6 min) by Max Maleo & Aurélien Prédal.

The animation is done with a CGI process known generally as “cel shading” or “toon shading”, in which the normally 3-D appearance of CG animation is given a look more like 2-D hand drawing by the use of gradients and flat areas of color.

In the right hands, this can be quite effective and pleasing, and Batz, directed by Maleo with art direction by Prédal, is a case in point.

The production is nicely graphic and beautifully designed, particularly in respect to the use of lighting, and scenes that take place in near darkness punctuated with areas of light.

The story involves two bats with very different personalities: one an aggressive insectivore who loves mosquitoes, the other a timid fruit-eating bat who hates and fears them. Add a mosquito and the result is frantic, icky at times, and, well… batty.

There is a website devoted to the film, with images, background information and items for sale, including a “making of” animatic (animated storyboard).

[Via Mark a. Nelson]


An Object at Rest

An Object at Rest, animated short, Seth Boyden

An Object at Rest is an animated short (5 mins) by Seth Boyden that chronicles the eons-long life of a stone as time, and human activity, goes on around it.

In this and some of his other animated shorts, Boyden has combined animation done in the TV Paint application with backgrounds painted in traditional watercolor on paper, giving a charming hand painted feeling well in keeping with his whimsical approach.

[Via Cartoon Brew]