Nexus Studios' creator Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela, in partnership with film and design studio Le Cube and composer David Kamp, have created a 50’ animated film, ‘The Enlightenment of Cosmic Panda’ . The film tells the story of the Mr. Kat & Friends ‘Cosmic Panda’ character as his true nature is revealed. The style mixes 3D with motion graphic design and it's super fluid especially the scene transitions where it goes from 3D to regular illustration style. Check out below and also more details and stills of this project. 3D and Motion Graphic Design Speaking of how the animation project came about Jaime says: “Le Cube and I met in Cutout Fest Mexico where we were invited to speak. Turns out we got along very well, they liked the Mr. Kat & Friends brand and the latest Mr. Kat collaboration was born." It was clear to me that we should show Cosmic Panda having a lysergic experience. The vibe of the character was asking for that. With Claudio Iriarte, who was the project animation director, we came up with the D.M.T experience. Jaime liked the idea as well, so we moved on under this concept. - Ralph Karam (Le Cube) Cosmic Panda has recurrent themes such as space, mysticism, meditation, nature and overcoming. Depending on which state he’s in, he’ll acquire different levels of wisdom. For example when he’s golden or transparent, he's in his highest levels of consciousness. When not in a supernatural condition, Cosmic Panda is a wild and carefree panda. - Jaime (Mr. Kat & Friends) “We’re always looking for opportunities to mix techniques in our work. The mixing between the environments here of the exterior (Cosmic Panda’s real universe) and the interior (his mind) was a perfect excuse to play with our favourite techniques 2D cell animation and 3D” - Juan Manuel Friere (Le Cube) notes I liked the idea of keeping the "real universe" of the character into this technic. For the trip, I called another colleague and brilliant animator Dante Zaballa to help us with one of his specialties: handmade painting in cell animation. - Ralph Karam The film was premiered at the amazing OFFF Festival in Barcelona where Jaime was invited to speak. Ralph, Gustavo and Juanma joined him on stage to present the brand new animation! 👊 CREDITS: Production and Animation: Le Cube Starring an original character created by: Mr. Kat & Friends, represented by Nexus Studios Direction: Ralph Karam and Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela (Mr Kat & Friends) Executive Production: Gustavo Karam and Juan Manuel Freire Production: Antonela Castro Animation Direction: Claudio Iriarte 3D Backgrounds: Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela (Mr. Kat & Friends) Illustrations: Martin Vinograd 2D Animation: Dante Zaballa, Sergio Kechu, and Martin Lara 2D Animation Assistants: Matheus Muñiz and Katherine Pryor 3D Animation: Chris Rey Willis Composition: Ralph Karam Music and Sound Design: David Kamp For more information make sure to check out the original Behance project
We tend to focus our posts on individual contributors but it is important to also talk about the companies and studios that most of these amazing motion designers might work. Today we are featuring the animation studio Onesal Studio. They are based in Tokyo, Japan and shared their demo reel or showcase video on their Behance profile. There's so many cool projects like the Living Interface for Discovery Channel Japan or the La Vuelta 2016. The video really captures the stunning work of this animation studio. About the studio Onesal Studio is a design and motion graphics studio formed by a team of self-defined visual cooks. Their kitchens are in Tokyo and Buenos Aires, two cities with contrasting flavors. There, they hand pick their ingredients. Tradition and passion. Technology and ingenuity. That contrast inspires them to create. And it is delicious. We craft visual entertainment, add a bit of spice, and have fun while at it. They specialize in Commercial Spots, Channel Idents & Rebrands, Product Videos, Identity Packs, Digital Signage Content, VR, Music Videos (PV) and Interactive Applications. For more information check out http://www.onesal.com/ Animation Studio showcase Onesal Motion Reel from Onesal on Vimeo. Stills Intro credits Concept and Production: Onesal Illustration and Animation: Martiniano Garcia Cornejo, Nahuel Salcedo, Ailin Brunner Edit: Hirano So, Nahuel Salcedo Original Sound Design: Hirano So
A couple months back, we featured this very inspiring collaborative case study about the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit shoe campaign. Today we are featuring a comeback on this project with Tendril and Blacklist and their supreme work with the team at Nike. We are welcomed into the next level that the team brought to the table and make sure to watch the process video as well. We just can’t imagine how much freedom they had from such a big brand and how technical challenges they must have encountered. While watching the video, I just can’t help to notice how incredible is the sound. They have built a procedural noise-based curve animation tool that replicates and expand on Cinema 4D’s MoSpline. In this second phase of Nike's LunarEpic launch campaign, the shoe has arrived on Earth bringing with it otherworldly powers. Roads curve and stretch seemingly into infinity. Impossible runs suddenly feel effortless. Gravity is nonexistent. Watch the Process This was our sixth project with the amazing team at Nike. Working with them and Blacklist, it was our task to take Nike's creative strategy, and then conceive and develop a narrative and visual structure for the brand film around the tagline 'run forever'. The manifestation was a 45s film and sound design (created by CypherAudio), key print and digital 'hero' visuals, social media clips and a large-scale track and field dome installation. The process with Nike is always incredibly collaborative and exciting. From there, the macro surface knitting effects were also prototyped and build in Houdini over the course of a couple weeks and then rendered in Arnold. The bending and warping landscape sections also took quite a bit of RnD to get right. In the end, we used a blend of multiple World Machine displacements and Xgen scattering in Maya. The laser-cutting sequence also posed its own set of puzzles, which we solved in Cinema4D using an arcane stack of deformers and morphs. Credits Client: Nike Global Brand Communication Studio EP: Noah Stanik Global Brand Communication Studio Producer: Meagen Moore Global Brand Design, Running Art Director: David Brady Global Brand Design, Running Studio Manager: Denise Wild Production Company: Blacklist EP: Andrew Linsk Producer: Karen Lawler Production Studio: Tendril Co-Directors: Chris Bahry of Tendril, Tom Crate of Frame Executive Producer: Kate Bate Producer: John Szebegyinszki Storyboards: Greg Boychuk Editor: Tom Crate Pitch Concepts: Chris Bahry, Evaldas Cesnavicius, Wojtek Szklarski 3D Artists: Alasgar Hasanov, Alexandre Veaux, Florent Arnould, Christoffer Bjerre, Marcelo Souza, Will Sharkey FX: Alasgar Hasanov, Marcin Porebski Lighting and Render: Alexandre Veaux, Marcelo Souza, Christoffer Bjerre, Lorne Kwechansky Additional 3D Artists: Christian Hecht, Ben Pilgrim Compositing: Chris Bahry, Alexandre Veaux, Lorne Kwechansky 2D Animation: Leo Mateus, Marissa Godwin Music and Sound Design: John Black of CypherAudio More information: http://tendril.ca.
To start off the week, we would like to share this beautiful collaboration that involves Illustration, Motion Graphics and Animation. Created by a team-up with Rutger Paulusse and the folks from RoomCR6, we are taking a closer look at the work of different communities coming from London, Amsterdam, New York and Rio De Janeiro. All together and one of the many reasons why the Internet is still wonderful and I must admit that is great to see different perspectives coming to this process with everyone living at contrasting timezones. This is a collaboration between Rutger Paulusse / Gwer from Amsterdam who made the illustration and RoomCR6 from London who were responsible for the animation. The concept behind this piece is to illustrate how the design & creative community are able to come together and create pieces of work no matter where in the world they are. Whether you are from London, Amsterdam, New York or even Rio De Janeiro the internet brings us all together and the tools we have today make collaboration a seamless process. Credits Rutger Paulusse RoomCR6 Hashmukh Kerai Paul Stayt More on the project via Behance.
Many of us, while watching movies, wonder who's responsible for those great UI Design and mesmerizing credits for some great movies. From Prometheus, to the Hobbit, there are many examples of the fantastic work of designer Ash Thorp. Here you can see some of his best work. He also comes up with sweet designs for games, which is super cool. For more of his work, as well as reels of his motion graphics, please visit his portfolio! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers. ;) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Total Recall (2012) TOTAL RECALL HUD + GUI REEL / ASH THORP from Ash Thorp on Vimeo. X-Men: First Class XMEN : FIRSTCLASS TITLE from Ash Thorp on Vimeo. Prometheus Sherlock Holmes The Hobbit Iron Man 3 Ender's Game ENDER'S GAME - MOTION GRAPHICS REEL from Ash Thorp on Vimeo.
Motion design matched with beautiful vector illustrations is a perfect union and the inspiration behind the project that creative agency Wenderfalck put together for the MTV Match Machine campaign. The color scheme, the motion graphics and the illustrations have a very modern feel making this project a worthy candidate for a feature here on Abduzeedo. Creative agency Wenderfalck created the MTV Match Machine, to help love starved teens all over the world find the answer to that question. A facebook app that would match you with someone in your friends list. It was a big success with over 84 million completed tests and 7 million shares, so I got to make a case film for it. Lovely! For more information check out https://www.behance.net/gallery/23297361/MTV-Match-Machine
I love what people can do with motion and 3D graphics these days. I also have the pleasure to work with some of these amazing guys that can do things that I never thought imaginable like giving a 3d effect/depth to regular photos. One of the said talents I have the honor of working pretty closely with at Google is Richard Hawkins. Richard was showing me a project he did for Leica Geosystems that is truly inspiring, check it out. For this project, I was commissioned by the design team at Leica Geosystems to create a subtle yet interesting video using a selection of photographs that featured one of Leica's land excavating technologies. The final animation was then displayed as a video backdrop at CONEXPO 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Leica ConExpo 2014 from Richard Hawkins on Vimeo. A combination of techniques were used including 2.5D and 3D camera projection. Each photo was broken down into individual foreground, midground and background layers, then placed in 3D space and projected onto 3D geometry. Animation breakdown Lieca ConExpo 2014, animation breakdown from Richard Hawkins on Vimeo. Creative Director: Alexander Kurth, Leica Geosystems Photo Retouching: Freddy Fajardo Animation, Art Direction: Richard Hawkins For more information and to check out Richards full portfolio visit http://playpauserecord.com/
Louis Ansa is a interactive designer from Amsterdam, Netherlands. He shared on his Behance profile a really cool project featuring some of his motion design work done in the past 2 years. I love to see these kinds of projects because it gives an idea of the improvements and how much the designer evolved by exercising his/her craft. For more information about Ansa check out his website at http://louisansa.com/
It has been quite some time since I posted about motion graphics. I have had the recent chance to work with some motion designers and it's amazing to see the things that they can do. I am trying to learn some new things but for me the problem is still getting the timing right. The video that I wanted to share today has all of it, beautiful graphics and fantastic motion. The piece was created by murAta Yuzi for the TANO*C TOUR 2014 TOKYO Jingle Movie. I love the easing and staggering of some elements, it feels very organic but modern at the same time. Motion TANO*C TOUR 2014 TOKYO Jingle Movie from murAta Yuzi on Vimeo. Stills For more information about murAta Yuzi, check out his Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/myz/
Motion design is something I really want to learn. There is nothing I love more than seeing crazy cool animations, specifically because static image animations have sound and timing, which makes an incredible difference. One of my favorite types of animation are those that play with typography Enter Finger Industries "The Sugary Death Machine" motion graphics. We hope you get a kick out of this visually entertaining post. The SDM aka The Sugary Death Machine. Comped into a photographic background down our local woods, this little house is distantly related to the witch’s cottage from Hansel and Gretel (as decorated by Disney’s Childcatcher...). Then in a flurry of movement it transforms to reveal its true nature. Video The Sugary Death Machine - Finger Industries from Finger Industries on Vimeo. Making of About Finger Industries Ltd Imaginative, original animation design and production, pre-production, character design and illustration. They have helped produce campaigns for such clients as Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Mamas and Papas, Seabrooks Crisps, Oxford University Press, Hit Entertainment and more, through many leading advertising agencies. For more information visit http://www.fingerindustries.co.uk/
Most of the writers of Abduzeedo are from the 80s and we always expressed our love for that decade's style especially the neon lights, terrible VHS quality and the music. In terms of visual design, we can see the beginning of CGI and 3D animations, with simple forms but a lot of chrome and reflections. To illustrate that nothing better than showing some examples, in this case, the fantastic work of Arkuma. Arkuma is a motion graphic designer and illustrator from London, UK. He has been working with labels, DJs and artists on promotional material. As we can see, heavily inspired in the 80s. A Tribute to the 80s I've always enjoyed emulating the graphic style and feel of advertisments and animations from the 1980s. This is a compilation of all my past 80s inspired animations. All of the animations have been played and then rerecorded on actual vhs tape by Anton Bohlin to help get the authentic results. Chrome, VHS recordings and the Illuminati from Arkuma on Vimeo. AREA 51 Trailer Commissioned by Trashbags to create some promo material for the Area51 event which is carried out by Trashbags, Dead Eye Touring, D.F.B. and Fake Club. Area51 promo from Arkuma on Vimeo.
Following our goal of posting more about motion design and showcase motion graphic designers, today we introduce you Tyler Bowers, a freelancer motion graphic designer and graphic designer based in New York. Tyler has done work for big names such as Macy's, Nike, Fox and many more. His specialties are After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator. Below we feature some of his work. FOX MLB TCM 31 of Oscar Macy's Brasil Super Mario World Nike Mach Speed For more information and to see Tyler's complete portfolio visit http://www.tylerbowers.tv/
Matthew DiVito is a motion and graphic designer based in Boston, MA from USA. Matthew is also famously known as Mr. Div and if you haven't checked out his blog; well you're missing out! With a combination of After Effects and Cinema 4D, Matthew creates some really stunning retro and modern GIFS. I hope you'll enjoy them. For more information about Matthew DiVito, you can visit his Cargo Collective and follow him on Twitter @mattdivito. All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito All Rights to Matthew DiVito
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm proud to feature the talent of our many readers world-wide by posting the work they've submitted. So get comfortable, hit play, and leave some encouragement in the comments below for these amazing video artists!
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 email@example.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I've gathered some amazing videos by some incredibly unique artists. Next week, I plan to pick the top five videos submitted by YOU our readers. Stay tuned!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some incredibly rad videos from around the web. Hope you enjoy them!
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 email@example.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm featuring some really cool videos from around the web. We've got a bit of animation, motion graphics, stop motion, short film, and a music video in the mix today. BONUS! Check out how far we've come!