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Video Inspiration #43

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some fun finds from around the web. Enjoy! My Favourite Animal (5 min. version) from Lara Lee on Vimeo. Socalled || Work With What You Got [Vidéoclip officiel] from Dare To Care Records on Vimeo. Seventeen Evergreen - Polarity Song from Lucky Number Music on Vimeo. Mint Julep - Why Don't We from Village Green on Vimeo. Bedtime Stories from cldfx.com on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #42 - Reader Submitted Works

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. Hey everyone, this week I'm featuring five videos submitted by you guys! This is all work by readers of Abduzeedo and as always I'm impressed :) Seth Akkerman Where the Wild Things Are SCAD Project from Seth Akkerman on Vimeo. Coup Critique from Alexandre Fumeron on Vimeo. Bon appetit! from Nejc Polovsak on Vimeo. Johnny Lyon Motion Design Reel 2011 from Johnny Volume on Vimeo. Space Debris from Philipp Seiffert on Vimeo.

Sound Design: Red Bull Academy World Tour

To celebrate the Red Bull Academy World Tour, the Academy produced a music film that encompasses musical styles from around the world. It was produced 8 soundtracks for some of the cities where the event will take place. The Sound design work was done by Elias Arts http://eliasarts.com/. The visual design work was done by Passion Pictures (http://www.passion-pictures.com/flash.html) Berlin The soundtrack for this clip is inspired by one of Hansa’s iconic album’s Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life. Like the creation of the music in the studio, the cityscape is built from the many organic, analogue musical artifacts used in the recording studio. Tape creatures climb across the concrete city jungle towards the Berlin Wall – a nod to the studio’s physical location. Berlin: Hansa – Das Studio der Mauerstadt from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Paris The visual inspiration for the Parisian leg of the tour is an collision between the flesh and blood textures of the African soul and funk that comprised the concert, and the architectural backdrop of Paris – the home of the Afrobeat Picks event. Musically, the rhythm builds and the acoustics echo and bounce off the city walls as we travel across the avenues. Paris: Questlove’s Afro-Picks from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Detroit Inspired by the Detroit automotive industry, from the start the viewer is immersed inside the iconic TR 909 drummachine – a nod to the intersection of man and machine central to the city’s musical innovation. As we travel through a CG circuit board city, the cyclical nature of the assembly line process is increasingly apparent transitioning us from the hey days of Motown R&B to the minimal stylings of techno. The theme of repetition was also carried through to the construction of the musical score. Detroit: Motor City Frequencies from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Toronto The animation style here is directly referenced from the iconic soundclash album Scientists meets the Space Invaders. The four superhero characters battle it out across the streets of Toronto – each one representative of one of the four soundclash crews competing in this event, Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation, Mad Decent, LuckyMe and Toronto All Star. The beginning of the battle is marked by the sound of the airhorn, a nod to the dancehall musical score underpinning this piece. Toronto: Culture Clash from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Melbourne The bright, visually rich palette of this section is inspired by the coastal location of Melbourne city. Like the experimental nature of the event itself, the narrative of this film explores the relationship between sound and space. The audio of the Melbourne tram chimes set off a wave of fluid illustrated animations that bounce around the screen, visually inspired by traditional aboriginal paintings. Melbourne: Notions of Sonic Space from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. New York When hip-hop first emerged in the 70s it was the ghetto blaster that amplified the sound of New York streets to the world. To pay hommage, the setting of this film was built from the original tape deck devices. We see a Hudson River constructed of unwound mixtapes. The trains all disappear to one of the five boroughs, a nod to the albums and boroughs celebrated in this event. New York: Five Out Of Five from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. Rome Italy and the Cinecitta studios are credited for producing some of the most influential cinematic masterpieces ever. To celebrate this we created a film that paid tribute to the different genres, from comedy to spaghetti western, 70s cop films & blood-filled horror flicks to psychedelic animations, in one narrative mash-up. A Spaghetti Western inspired track provides the aural backdrop as we pan across the scene culminating in a classic Sergio Leone shot. Along the way we reveal a chaotic assortment of villains, ghouls and policeman all participating in one comedic battle conducted to the tunes of a dead Mexican mariachi band. Rome: C’era Una Volta A Roma from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. London Inspired by the event theme, Revolutions in Sound, we wanted to create a dominating creature that visually embodies the innovative qualities of the event itself. As the camera cuts around the robot’s CG body we see it is inspired by components of modern London architecture. His head is a pulsating subwoofer, an iconic musical artifact central to London’s influential bass music scenes and inside his chest we see the magnificent London Eye, the heart of the event itself. London: Revolutions in Sound from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #37

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've found since last week. Enjoy! Soundlapse from Fruit Bonus on Vimeo. "Golden Tree" by Martin Brooks from Ninian Doff on Vimeo. Rendezvous - The Murf from Scott Benson on Vimeo. Anthony Lister from Spencer Keeton Cunningham on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #36

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've found since last week. Enjoy! Youth Lagoon - Montana from Tyler T Williams on Vimeo. FOTB2011 MAIN TITLES from GMUNK on Vimeo. Kaleidoscope by MANIAMANIA from V Magazine on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #34

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've found since last week. Enjoy! Die Vögel: Fratzengulasch from timo schierhorn on Vimeo. assimilation from Takuya Hosogane on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #33 - Reader Submitted Works

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. It's time for another round of reader submitted work! As always, I'm blown away by you guys :) The Weekend Lake from Matt Wiebe on Vimeo. Gulp. The world's largest stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8. from Nokia HD on Vimeo. Cartoon Network "Cinemedia" from Nathaniel Costa on Vimeo. Showreel11 from Fredric Furstenbach on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #32

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm in a bit of a music video mood. I hope you've like what I've found! 'When The Night Falls' Chromeo [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from DANIELS on Vimeo. Oh Land - White Nights from CANADA on Vimeo. Toro Y Moi - "New Beat" (Official Video) from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo. Tahiti 80 "Easy" from Tahiti 80 on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #31

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some cool videos I've come across since I last posted. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what sort of stuff you like to see in the comments below and I'll try to find more of it! THE TELL TAIL - James Copeman & Sam Renwick from F5 on Vimeo. 8 Hours in Brooklyn from Next Level Pictures on Vimeo. The Schwarzenegger Trilogy from Brainbow on Vimeo.

Video Inspiration #30

Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to nathan@abduzeedo.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I've tried to collect a varied line-up of videos for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think! Summadayze Colourfornia from Nick Thompson on Vimeo. Don't Hug Me I'm Scared from This Is It on Vimeo. YEAR ZERO TRAILER from GLOBE on Vimeo. Loose Fit - Table Beggar music video from Abbie stephens on Vimeo. Dutch Wife from Jesse Kanda on Vimeo. Teebs "Moments" from Paul Trillo on Vimeo. Han Kjøbenhavn short film from Han Kjobenhavn on Vimeo.

Fun Toy and Illustration Design by Yum Yum

Yumyum is a London, England based animation, illustration, and design studio. They make super cute toys and really fun animations that are sure to brighten up your day! Here's a little peak into some of their work. Check out their portfolio for more. YUM YUM ARE BETH ALGIERI AND JONNY PLUMMER, TWO DIRECTORS / DESIGNERS WITH A COMMON PASSION FOR CREATING NEW AND EXCITING THINGS. Don't forget to swing on by their portfolio for more and let me know what you think via twitter!

Motion Graphics Inspiration by Vellas & Laga

In 2008, a young animator, and a not so young art director, joined forces and started to work as partners, from that idea Vellas & Laga was created and since then they have created, directed, animated, and fought in a lot of films, for TV, Internet and any other interesting form of media. For more information about Vellas & Laga we highly recommend that you visit their website at http://cargocollective.com/vellasandlaga. But we have selected some pieces from their portfolio to feature here on Abduzeedo. Reel 2010 Vellas, 2010 Reel from Vellas & Laga on Vimeo. MTV - TOP 10 Graphic package created for MTV Brazil, for the classic show "TOP 10". We created the open titles, rank numbers, bumpers... Check it out. MTV TOP 10 Graphic Pack from Vellas & Laga on Vimeo. MTV Colírios Capricho Capricho is a teen magazine mainly for girls. They made a partnership with MTV Brasil and produced a reality show where the public will choose the new "boy next door". MTV Colirios Capricho Montage from Felipe Vellasco on Vimeo. Metro Newspaper Metro Newspaper from Felipe Vellasco on Vimeo. MTV - "Anti AIDS 2009" MTV Brazil invited 4 artists to create a 15 seconds spot, for their new campaign against AIDS. Thanks to Beto Shibata. MTV - "Anti AIDS 2009" from Vellas & Laga on Vimeo. WORK PROCESS: Boomerang Queda Livre Opening Credits created for "Queda Livre", an upcoming program from Turner Channel. Queda Livre from Vellas & Laga on Vimeo. Bats This is a small video that is shown on cinema, before every film created by Ioiô Films Bats from Vellas & Laga on Vimeo.

The Creative Illustrations from Denis Zilber

You probably already seen some of these around... and if you like artworks filled with creativity, colors and sense of humor, so I guess you probably liked what you've seen and you also probably wondered who was the artist behind those arts. So here we present you Denis Zilber, a very talented artist from Ramat Gan, Israel who is into illustration/animation and have some pretty nice artworks at his portfolio. His caricatural style makes his artworks really fun to admire. We will present here a selection of some of Denis' work and we really recommend you to check out his portfolio and his blog for further artworks and info. I hope you like the selection. Enjoy. :)

Amazing Digital Animations by Polynoid

One of the greatest things about animations is the freedom of creation. There are plenty great videos out there, and simply love surreal themes. Polynoid is a collaboration and portfolio of digital workers and they've done some great works. Since there's no way to embed their videos here, I'm linking each one to its page at their site... and you should really take a look at these, cause it's awesome. I hope you enjoy it all! Cheers. ;) Reel 2009 458nm Flap Flap Mindplotter

MEET MELINE : The Making Of and Trailer

Every Monday we have been posting tutorials for Photoshop and other apps. The idea of the tutorials is that we practice more and try different things that we can only do through personal projects. That's the case of Meet Meline, an independent 3D short film that's being created by Virginie GOYONS and Sebastien LABAN in their spare time that looks simply fantastic. "Meet Meline" tells the story of little girl, named meline, that will be faced with an extraordinary event. A strange little creature will appear on her life. The story follow this unusual encounter from the little girl's point of view. Virginie GOYONS & Sebastien LABAN are working on "Meet Meline" since a year and a half now during our spare time (nights and weekends). We've completed all the pre-production including script, concepts, previz, characters and sets design, sound research etc. We are now on production, working on the 26 individual shots that compose the 6 minutes long 3d animated film. The Trailer After two years of intense work on an independent 3D animated short film called "Meet Meline", Virginie GOYONS and Sebastien LABAN made the teaser/trailer to show you a little bit more of the short film. We're proud to present you the 46-seconds-video with the official music of "Meet Meline", composed by Guillaume ROUSSEL! MEET MELINE (2009) - TRAILER from Sebastien LABAN on Vimeo. What we’re trying to get with “Meet Meline”, or should I say with Meline herself, is to focus on the emotions a girl of her age is having. A kid playing, a kid moving, a kid looking, a kid thinking is something that can’t leave you indifferent. It’s so full of life, of joy, it’s like a magic box that lives on its own. Even when they are not happy, or that something is bothering them, a kid is so fascinating to look at! They are quick, eager, lively; They are very expressive, you can literally watch them live or think. That’s what we’re trying to create here. The Making Of This is a 12-minutes featurette with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, talks about the story, the characters and the environments, shot breakdowns and much more : the Art of making a short film! MEET MELINE : THE MAKING OF (Sebastien Laban and Virginie Goyons) from Sebastien LABAN on Vimeo. We maintain a production blog that can be visited here: Visit the Production Blog As we progress on the film, we are posting screenshots & making of the film. There's also some test animations or even final renders. Animation Test 1 Meet Meline (2009) - Animation Test #1Enviado por ssebastienn. - Televisão clássica online Stills "This is the personnal space of Meline! She spends most of her time drawing a strange little creature. My wife Virginie was responsible to create all the elements in 3D, and I lit and shot the complete scene!" "Such a dark place! Meline seems confused. What to do? Entrer in it or not? ... My wife Virginie was responsible to create all the elements in 3D, and I lit and shot the complete scene!" More Information For more information about the project we highly recommend that you check out the sites below: THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.meetmeline.com THE PRODUCTION BLOG: Production Blog THE FACEBOOK GROUP: Facebook Group THE CREATORS: Virginie GOYONS & Sebastien LABAN Also, I'd like to thank Marjorie for the suggestion via email. You can send suggestions as well, just send us an email to this address abduzeedo@abduzeedo.com sharing your finds.

The Incredible Evolution of Pixar

No one makes animated movies quite like Pixar. With 23 years, 10 films, and 22 Academy Awards under their belt, the incredible guys over at Pixar Animation Studios keep getting better and better with each passing year. Last week we received a suggestion from one of our readers about doing a post on Up, their latest masterpiece. I thought this was an excellent idea, but I also think that their other films deserve some recognition too. So here I bring you a collection of all the Pixar feature films to date plus some of their shorts at the end. My all-time favorite Pixar short is Presto!, so definitely be sure to check that one out ;) Actually, now that I come to think of it, Toy Story 2 was the first film I ever saw in theatres (to my memory). I was seven :) Have an idea for the next post? Send me your suggestions via facebook or twitter! Feature Films Of course everybody remembers the classics like Toy Story. I should probably admit that I wasn't too crazy for The Incredibles and Cars though. But after Ratatouille they just get better and better. Toy Story, 1995 A Bug's Life, 1998 Toy Story 2, 1999 Monsters, Inc., 2001 Finding Nemo, 2003 The Incredibles, 2004 Cars, 2006 Ratatouille, 2007 WALL-E, 2008 (came out on my birthday :D) Up, 2009 Short Films It's seriously amazing to see how much these guys have evolved and how much emotion they're able to portray in a few short minutes of little to no dialogue. Enjoy! The Adventures of André and Wally B., 1984 Tin Toy, 1988 For the Birds, 2000 Boundin', 2003 One Man Band, 2005 Lifted, 2006 Presto, 2008 Partly Cloudy, 2009 (preview)

Vivid Motion Graphics Workflow Tutorial & Free Wallpapers

(via: www.whiteinkblog.com) Ok guys, This is a big one, I recently posted this over on my blog, but thought it would be cool to share it around. I'll take you through the process that went into making this project plus a few screencaps that work really nicely as widescreen wallpapers! To start to view it in HD, click over to Vimeo (I recommend that, HD is a big plus) or just check them out here. and just for the sake of it here's it on youtube HD. (notice the difference in quality of this and if you got to the vimeo page and watch it HD there!) Last weekend I was worked on a short motion graphics piece. The idea was to record myself in front of a greenscreen and then incorporate an element of visual effects. As the recording and editing progressed I become more interested in abstracting the video to become a new medium, a sort of particular environment that I could explore. This intruiged me so I continued down this road. In this atricle I hope to share some of my own thoughts and techniques when it comes to working with after effects, etc. You'll see that even with some rudimentary materials you can create some pretty impressive and vibrant visuals. Ok so to give you a break down of what was involved it was something like this. Film Greenscreen Content >> Capture/Cut/Key in Final Cut >> Particle Visuals, AE Camera Control, Sound FX & Music >> Final Ram Export Thats the rough workflow, of course there were some forward-backward process as you can imagine. This isn't going to be a tutorial but rather how you might approach working on something similar, I'll go through each of the stages and fill you in on what worked and what didn't. To start: Film Greenscreen Content Ok, so I had pretty limited access to facilities, it was about 3am so no recording studios would let me in. Armed with a pretty decent budget HD camera, tripod, one lamp, a .7x wide converter, some tape (you'll see why) and of course a few square meters of green cloth. I set it up like so: had the camera and the lamp in pretty much the same place, at 300w the lamp was too bright and was going to cast a strong shadow behind the subject so I pointed it up against the white ceiling so that it would bounce and defuse the light onto peter, that way you'd avoid a as much shadow on the green screen. Bare in mind peteys (he let me call him that) pants are green, so they would be tricky to key out, you might have to masked it out frame by frame (rotoscoping), he refused to wear anything different as you can imagine. Try to wear clothes that contrasts green, nothing from the green spectrum is what you're aiming for. You want the greenscreen to be as evenly lit as possible. Ideally I would have had a lamp on either side lighting from behind and making the greenscreen bright for an easy key. There was also an ugly florescent light – you don't really want these, if you can avoid it - directly behind and above me which actually helped soften the lighting in general. That came in handy in post when I was keying the footage. As you can see the camera is about at hip height. I'd also recommend getting the most vibrant green you can find, the green I found was a little muted. Ideally you're looking for something that's pretty easy to key like this. As the lighting wasn't perfect I had to rotoscope some of the frames, you want to avoid that if possible. Say you need to rotoscope 3 seconds and you're shooting 25fps, that's 75 frames. Depending on the complexity of the movement that could eat up a plenty of time. Try do everything you can before post so that in post it's a smooth process. I turned the camera on it's side for the full body recording, for two reasons, first off, so that I could fit in the whole shot; and secondly when you're recording a full body shot on a greenscreen it makes much more sense to turn the camera so that the shot is vertical, this way you maximize the resolution. The action of the scene is now taking up pretty much all the frame. I said earlier I had tape and a .7 wide converter, yeah, about that... erm, I taped the converter onto the front of the camera, and surprisingly it worked a charm, it was crucial for full-body shots. I had no other way of doing it, the room wasn't big enough to move the camera back far enough. As I didn't need the image to be totally sharp this was ok, however if you want a really sharp image, dont tape your lens on. I think thats obvious; anyway, here's what it looked like. Cut/Key Capture in Final Cut After a recording I captured the MiniDV in Final Cut. I didn't need the key to be perfect., I just needed to get rid of the main bulk and isolate me to some extent. Here's a quick breakdown of the process. Raw footage was keyed then converted to B&W using Gradient Ramp in After effects. I had the particles respond to lights and darks so I crushed the blacks & whites together creating a strong contrast. Particle Visuals/AE Camera Control, Sound FX & Music After the footage was processed then came the main task, the one which required the most thought and was essentially the hardest of them all. I used Trapcode Form, an extremely powerful plug-in from Red Giant Software for After Effects. There are tens of thousands, quite possibly millions of different combinations for how this plug-in can look. It's easy to navigate but I think I've only scraped the surface. It was my first time using this plug in, be sure to check out their site for more info plus you can download the trail for free which is a great way to learn it. The way I had the plug-in set up was to convert the video into a 3 particle deep system. Consisting of the colours red,green,blue. I could have made it 2000, 243 or 68 deep, any number, it's totally up to you. However this will effect loading times. This is also applicable to all the setting, if ever you've used after effects you'll know that there is a huge range of possibility, a fantastic piece of software. Anyway by linking the particles to only display the lights of separate precomp (the b&w video footage of me talking) I now had a pseudo-3d animated environment that I could maneuver the after effects camera around. While After Effects may look 3d it's considered to be 2.5d so it has some of the appearance of 3d(X, Y & Z axes) but it isn't 3d in the same why 3DMax, Maya, Blender or C4D are. I was able to expand the particles to add some more depth to the video, like when I zoom into the face and you can sort of see my side profile even tho the shot was static and didn't move. For example you could achieve a similar effect with a photograph, actually for some of the parts I did use stills from the footage. Here are some shots of the flowchart from After Effects; how each layer and comp relate to one another. This is just a small portion of it. Final Ram Export Here is the result. Watch in HD if you can! When I was done I added it to the Render Que and exported it. Full HD so it came out pretty sweet. I'll also note that I was working in 32BPC, not the 8BPC default, this really worked nicely to bump out the glow. Here are a few screen-caps. Click them for full-res, the work pretty nicely as widescreen wallpapers. So there you have it, that's the rough workflow. If there's one tip I can give you to take away from this, it would have to be; try do everything you can on set to make the work in post as easy and clean as possible. I think this can be applied to plenty of other mediums, photography etc. You want a solid beginning to work with and then everything you do after that will be a breeze. Orignionally written for www.whiteinkblog.com, please subscribe if you liked this. You guys are what will make it grow and develop! Thank You!