There’s a chance that you’ve heard of Bitcoins before – especially in the last few weeks. Apparently nobody cared about it a whole lot until Bitcoin reached over $1,000 this month…when just in January it was only $13. What caused such a spike up in price? Yea…I’m not really sure…but if you watch this video created by Duncan Elms – it explains what Bitcoin is in an amazing format. Love the animation on this.
Amazing sci-fi animated trailer for Le Castle Vania‘s new album”Prophication.” I love how the futuristic landscape of the video goes so well with the cinematic dance inspired song. Orchid Animation aka Evan Viera has done some wonderful work including the widely popular Caldera animated short, he also has an impressive music portfolio.
Federico Gonzalez and co. have made an amazing animation video dedicated to sharing famous architects in alphabetical order. Some of these name I recognize, some of them I don’t – if you don’t know some – I encourage you to head over to Federico’s architecture blog Ombú – it has some awesome imagery plus he’s going through the entire video with one architect a day. Definitely worth looking into.
I could have bet $100 while watching this that Kevin Dart had something to do with it. His fingerprints are all over this. The 60′s feel, the characters, the art…everything, and pretty much because of that – I love it. It’s short – sweet – and gives some good pointers on party etiquette. Even though – parties up in Alaska are different – seeing that if you don’t get drunk – people are offended. Either way…the animation is fun and Mr Porter with Kevin Dart is a great combination.
Dark Horse Comics, even though not a main competitor in the movie game compared to Marvel and DC, is looking to make an animated movie based on their comic “The Goon.” I didn’t know much of the comic book until I stumbled onto the Kickstarter, but with the promise of monsters, zombies, and killer robots – it sounds like an instant classic for me.
They just completed their $400,000 goal on Kickstarter by raising $441,900 from 7,576 backers, which is an animation record breaker on Kickstarter. Last time I looked at it, when it hadn’t reached it’s goal, I was in a hurry and didn’t get to dive too deep into the idea, so I Pocketed it and revisited it today. I watched the video which was made by Blur Studios with the help of film director, Fight Club’s David Fincher.
Even if this doesn’t get made into a full blown movie…I think I’m going to try to get the comic book and at least flip through it. First of all…I like the idea. I’m a huge fan of zombie movies – and especially with the time period it seems to be set in – looks like it’ll be right up my alley. Second…the art looks killer. There’s nothing that I like better then to see good art backing up an animated movie.
Check out the jump for more production art…….it’s pretty dope.
Two years in the making and CÉLINE DESRUMAUX‘s countdown to “Countdown” has finally ended (get it?). This video really brings out the astronaut in me, and the music – done by APPARAT – fits the space voyage just perfect.
I’m not sure what it is about Steampunk that captures me so much. I have been a fan of it for a long time, watching movies and TV shows that look like they belong in the steampunk genre, because we all know – steampunk is not just a label you put on your custom made leather jacket and goggles – it is a genre for movies and books.
Henry Waltz seems like the perfect fit into animated steampunk. Following the Jasper Morello short film, Henry Waltz, is a concept of a feature length film that takes on some the same elements. It has that look that intrigues me to watch the teaser trailer over and over again. I’m a fan – even though I’m not sure what the story is about – I dont think I need to know, just because watching the trailer gives me all the details I need.
Can I just say, I’m thrilled about this!
Not only do we love Pixar/animation/Disney/the works here at TOC, but I personally have a strange attachment to Scottish and Irish culture.
Needless to say, I think I know what my favorite movie of 2012 will be.
I’ve watched this video of Goldfish‘s song “Come Together” several times in the last 2 days, and I’ve pushed play just to hear the song again. Everything about it makes my heart skip. So many video game references that you need to watch it more then once to get them all. I think they nailed the old video game look with the 8-bit music in the beginning and the pixel animation. So good.
How many video game references do you see? Comment down below with your findings.
ALSO…after you watch the music video for “Come Together”…watch the amazing behind the scenes videos after the jump.
I love some good HDR videos. It makes the real world look CG. This video shows how they do it…
From the creators:
“This video highlights several clips we’ve made using our new High Dynamic Range (HDR) process. Video is captured on two Canon 5D mark II DSLRs, each capturing the exact same subject via a beam splitter. The cameras are configured so that they record different exposure values, e.g., one camera is overexposed, the other underexposed. After the footage has been recorded, we use a variety of HDR processing tools to combine the video from the two cameras, yielding the clips you see above.
HDR Video provides filmmakers with many exciting new opportunities. Not only can HDR video create interesting effects, it can also allow for even exposure where artificial lighting is unavailable or impractical. For example, when a subject is backlit, one camera could be set to properly expose the subject, the other the sky, resulting in video with perfect exposure throughout.
We will continue to develop and improve the HDR video process for better results and efficiency. For more information, check out our website
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Opus 40, Number 9
Performed by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed Under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″
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Some of you may have heard about The Black List, a list of the top aspiring scripts and writers of the year. Recently a list, called Viewfinder, has come to my attention [via /film] of the top aspiring directors, those who have directed some of the best short films and music videos of the year.
The following is one of them.
Azureus Rising by David Weinstein