Animation

A Superstitious Cast Kicks Off Montréal’s 13th Annual Stop-Motion Festival in a Carnivalesque Animation

 Animation #short film #stop motion #video September 14, 2021 Grace Ebert  To launch its 13th year, a bizarre animation for the 2021 Festival Stop Motion Montréal evokes eerie tropes and superstitions: a drooling pug morphs into an unfriendly black cat, a gardener reveals a sharp scissor hand, and a once-vibrant fire turns into …

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A Mesmerizing Animation Spins Through Banknotes From 23 Countries in a Hypnotic Look at What Cultures Value

 Animation Music #currency #music video #video September 9, 2021 Grace Ebert  An endless loop of lines, ornate motifs, emblems, and historical figures converge in a hypnotic animation by Los Angeles-based director Lachlan Turczan. Paired with Blake Mills’s subdued track “Money Is The One True God,” the music video is comprised of high-resolution scans …

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A Striking Stop-Motion Short Creates Uncanny Visual Effects Using Matches

 Animation #matches #short film #stop motion #video August 10, 2021 Grace Ebert  Digital effects are no match for Tokyo-based designer Tomohiro Okazaki, whose mesmerizing new animation is a striking feat of stop-motion techniques. Using squirts of paint, strips paper, and other household objects, Okazaki deftly manipulates matchsticks into dozens of individual studies that …

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A Kind Pine Cone Helps an Elderly Man Survive a Cold Winter in a Heartwarming Stop-Motion Animation

 Animation #short film #stop motion #trees #video #winter July 28, 2021 Grace Ebert  Sometimes help comes from unexpected sources, especially when you need it most. That’s the central message behind a heartfelt stop-motion short written, directed, and animated by Dunedin, New Zealand-based Claire Campbell. “Winter’s Blight” follows an elderly man named Bill, who …

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An Otherworldly Animation Adventures Across Galactic Landscapes Recreated in Miniature

 Animation Photography #landscapes #miniature #short film #space #video July 13, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] In the first two parts of his Miniature Landscape series, director and animator Clemens Wirth (previously) celebrates the vast, awe-inspiring terrain of the earth by adventuring through snowy caverns, across pebbled beaches, and to the green glow of the …

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A Rhythmic Stop-Motion Short Reveals the Juicy Insides of Tropical Fruit Slice by Slice

 Animation Food Photography #fruit #short film #stop motion #timelapse #video June 25, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] Toronto-based animator Kevin Parry peels back the layers of kiwi, mangoes, and other tropical fruits to unveil their colorful, fleshy insides from skin to core. Paired with a satisfying track of succulent, cracking sounds, the timelapse cycles …

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A Delightful Animation Chronicles a Peaceful Spring Hike through a Camera’s Viewfinder

 Animation #hiking #nature #short film #video June 17, 2021 Grace Ebert  “Viewfinder” is a charming animation about exploring the outdoors from the Seoul-based studio VCRWORKS. The second episode in the recently launched Rhythmens series, the peaceful short follows a central character on a hike in a springtime forest and frames their whimsically rendered …

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Sand and Currency from Dozens of Countries Converge in an Endless Interchange of Culture and Economics

 Animation #collage #currency #sand #stop motion #video June 11, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] Corrie Francis Parks’s absorbing stop-motion short “Foreign Exchange” is all about perspective. Through a continuously evolving landscape of minuscule stones and banknotes, mini-universes emerge that meld the two materials into culturally significant tableaus. “Between the dazzling layers of currency and …

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Surreal Watercolor Illustrations Shake Back and Forth in Marija Tiurina’s Chaotic Stereograms

 Animation Art Illustration #painting #surreal #video #watercolor May 27, 2021 Grace Ebert All image © Marija Tiurina, shared with permission Longtime Colossal readers will recognize the surreal, fictionalized scenes illustrated by Marija Tiurina (previously). Whether a bizarre mishmash of thoughts from quarantine or a crowded parallel universe in North London, Tiurina’s works are a …

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A Heartwarming Animation Set to Poetry Reminds Us ‘How to Be at Home’

 Animation #COVID-19 #poetry #short film #stop motion #video April 27, 2021 Grace Ebert  As we collectively count down the days until we can safely enjoy post-vaccination visits with friends and family, a delightful animation has a comforting message for those of us struggling to reign in our anxiety: “If this disruption undoes you, …

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