The animated GIF has had an amazing resurgence in the last couple of years. From pop culture references to mini-movies, and now to these mind-watering scenes from Portland artist Jack Dougherty. I really like the subtle moves, which bring these surreal images to heart-beating life. Via iGNANT:
The animated GIF ain’t got nothin’ on the phenakistoscope, a device from 1841 that created animated scenes within a series of spinning discs.
Via the Richard Balzer Collection
Via the Richard Balzer Collection
The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.
Some beautifully hand drawn flipbook animations by Juan Fontanive. Via MyModernMet:
By salvaging mechanical parts from clocks and bicycles, the artist is able to construct individual containers for his mechanized animations. Fontanive’s objective with his motorized machines is to create a visual sense of motion that is more physical than digital. One of his works states:
“Responding to the lack of movement found in our current electronics age, he is interested in actual movement in relation to virtual. His machines long to free images; they combine to form a medium in themselves exploring the vividness of living things.”
Walt Disney Animated Studios has a great short that played before the theater-release of Wreck-it-Ralph called Paperman. It’s beaut.
ParaNorman is a new stop-motion film due out this month by the animation firm Laika. Based in Portland, Laika has gotten critical praise for its first foray into feature films, Coraline. With their second film, Laika ups-the-animation-bar, using the first ever 3D printed pieces for a stop motion character. As you can see below, there are so many steps in just assembling the model that it makes the head spin.
Colossal has a great look at a fantastic stop-motion music video by Vincent Pianina & Lorenzo Papace, entitled Østersøen. It is artistically and emotionally impressive, and makes me want to get back to my stop-motion work!
I was absolutely floored watching this enchanting stop motion video directed by Vincent Pianina and Lorenzo Papace for a song called Østersøen that was also written, composed, and recorded by Papace for his band Ödland off the album Sankta Lucia. What strikes me most about the video is the transitions between scenes, as objects change scale or as the camera zooms in to reveal alternate dimensions embedded in the smallest of areas. You’ll watch it two or three times before you see everything. See many more making-of photos over on Le Petit Écho Malade. Can somebody please give this Papace guy lots of money so he can make a short film? I would pay lots of money to see it.
A new Gmail feature, big deal. And it’s not a big deal. But the simple animation, music and sound effects are cute and endearing, and make you happy. Nicely done, Google.
Imaginary Forces beautifully and artistically pays tribute to one of Graphic Design’s most cherished figures, Paul Rand.
Rand was a powerhouse in the world of design, creating iconic identities for IBM, UPS, ABC, Yale University, among many, many others. The video uses interview footage with Rand, and shows great deft at animating his work to life.
He has been posthumously inducted into The One Club Hall of Fame. This is a fitting look at this inspirational man.
A beautiful spot, brought to my attention by my new brother-in-law, Craig. Love the geometry.
A really nice animation from Ólafur Arnalds, set to music by Esteban Diácono.