The almighty deacon of motion design and now live action, PSYOP have updated their site and reel with several new works and of course the imagery is sharp, amazing and beautiful as always. They continue to be a source of inspiration for fledgling shops like ours.

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This is the graduation short created for “Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem” by Udi Asoulin & Uriah Naeh.

Music: “Panic Ensemble”
Roy Yarkoni – keys, piano, laptop, compositions
Yael Kraus – vocals
Boris Martzinovsky – accordion
Yuri Alon – double bass
Omer Hershman – guitars
Galia Hai – viola, vocals
Dirk Kunesch – trumpet
Noa Goldanski – drums
Giori Politi – drums, percussion
Karen Alkalay Gut – lyrics
Sound effects and mix: Rafi Chen

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Esnake is the work of Orlando Peña. He’s a young Mexican motion designer with a pretty hot reel of work under his belt which you can see above.

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Jens Blank makes great use of live action footage and 3D in this fun little experimental piece that quickly evolves from something very low-fi to a solid amount of production value.

Direction & Design /// Jens Blank
Prod. Company /// MCQ Films
DOP /// David Liddell
Sound /// Jussi Honka
Music /// Paul Pringle
additional animation /// Bence Varga & Balogh Zsolt

concept art, cast and behind the scenes here:

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Alright I am just going to come out and say it, I love the stuff Alex Varanese does. It just oozes style and the likeability factor is so so high in his work. It’s like orange tic-tacs. I can eat a whole package of them in one sitting. He recently posted a few new things to his Behance including a series of visuals for an animated series he was considering called ‘I am Made of Robots’ and of course it’s awesome.

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Barcelona based motion design and 3D studio Diestro are laying the foundation early to become a juggernaut. They already have some air tight network branding and animated 3D work under their belts. Best to keep an eye on them. Make sure to visit their website to check out more of their work in greater detail.

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“After running on over 100 festivals BOB finally reached Vimeo with his little running wheel. We would like to thank everyone who enjoyed the film, voted for us on festivals and gave us a laugh during the screenings. It’s an incredible feeling to make people happy.

This was the first time we created an 3d animated movie during our studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and we would have never thought that it became that successful.

There are a lot of things we would have done differently nowadays but for a small team, six months and almost no knowledge of the software, we are proud with the result and finally want to share it with everyone.”

BOB: Tom Zahner
student producer: Anna Matacz
director: Jacob Frey & Harry Fast
script: Jacob Frey & Stefanie Ren
character design: Harry Fast
lighting & rendering: Michael Lederhuber
music: Karol Obara
sounddesign: Marco Manzo

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Job, Joris and Marieke created this great little animated video for hip hop artist’s Gers Pardoel single Ik Neem Je Mee.

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Nando Costa sent in this recent promotional spot for the Cartoon Network. It’s of course amazing as is everything his hand seems to touch. We were thrilled just to see his name in our inbox. He worked in tandem with the amazing people at Superfad on this and you can see the enormous list of talent below. We have worked on projects similar to this in the past and you’ll have to take our word for it that producing something like this is extremely difficult. Excellent work again Nando.

Client: Cartoon Network Latin America
Writer/Producer: Manoela Muraro
Production Coordinator: Equana Davis

Production Company: Superfad
Director: Nando Costa
DP: Steve McGehee
Line Producer: John Gomez
Executive Producer: Chris Volckmann

Animation & Post: Superfad
Creative Director: Nando Costa
Art Director: Sean Dekkers
Character Design: Sean Dekkers, Patrick Clarke, Julieta Rodriguez
Lead 3D Artist: Matt Guzzardo
Technical Director: Robin Scher
Modeling/Rigging: Patrick Clarke, Adam Rosenzweig, Andrew Butterworth
Animation: Patrick Clarke, Greg Bekken, Ian Mankowski
Lighting/Texturing: ShuChen Lin
Simulations/FX: Phipat Pinyosophon
Lead Compositor: Joel Voelker
Compositors: Marco Giampaolo, Lu Liu
2D Animation: Nando Costa, Sean Dekkers
Editor: Ryan Haug
Colorist: Joel Voelker
Producer: Jen Schmithorst
Executive Producer: Chris Volckmann

Sound design: JC Richardson
Studio: Magick Lantern
Voiceover: Ethan Major

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Dlew made this short for his final episode of “Everything,” an anthology series at Channel101.

The music is Jean Jacques Perrey’s “Little Ships”

Someone brought this to my attention a couple of weeks back in the studio and I forgot to post it. It’s stuck in my mind ever since the first viewing and now it will be stuck in yours.

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Lior Ben Horin produced this for his graduate film at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The music is by Nadav Ravid. Visit headonfilm.com for more info. about Horin.

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“For years we have had an urge to create a character-driven animation piece. For us, the opportunity came knocking in the Fall of 2010 disguised in the form of a pitch for ‘Funcheez’.

We got excited and pulled out all the stops for the pitch. We designed characters and environments, drew up storyboards, colour boards, and boardomatics. The pitch was beautiful and fun, but in the end the client decided to go with another studio for the spot.

But it was too late—we had somehow fallen completely in-love with our strange little alien creatures and rather than relegating them to our salon des refusés to gather dust, decided to take the plunge and build a story around them.

Read more about the project and how it came to life on our site here.”

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Pitch Black’s showreel for 2011 is pretty nasty. And by nasty we mean rad. And by rad we mean dope. And by…well you get the picture now just watch the reel.

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Designer/illustrator Ben Thomas has a very interesting style complimented by the use of 3D. He is one of the few designers using these elements that is regularly releasing prints. It’s all an extremely bright and surreal experience looking through his work but we dig it. He mentioned in an email to us the possibility of a collaboration and we are all ears to that idea.

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IdN Video v18n4 OPENING TITLE from NERDO on Vimeo.

Here’s what the Italian Motion Design studio Nerdo had to say about their recent project for IDN that involved a pretty eye-catching mashup of live action and 3D:

“One of the world’s most important design magazine gave us the opportunity to create the dvd opening titles for the outcoming issue ‘IdN Video v18n4’.

We had total freedom to give birth to a video without any restrictions, experimenting with techniques that we never used before.
It was a huge effort in a short time but we had a lot of fun and we learned so much.”

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Who knew Intel had fashion shows?

Animation, Render, Composing by Danil Krivoruchko, Rostislav Magay

Sound by Konstantin Chubakov

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Just something we stumbled upon and though was cool. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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An impressive demented little piece of 3D animation here from Cube Creative titled “Let’s play once upon a time”.

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