Fluffy McCloud is a short film about man’s misunderstanding and mixed relationship with mother nature. It was created by Conor Finnegan for his graduate film at IADT National Film School. It was created by mixing stop-motion, live action and hand drawn animation. Conor is currently living and looking for work in NYC.
Patrick Boivin was recently responsible for the web hit ‘Ironbaby‘ which I never did post has released the above video which is also sure to become a hit in it’s own right. He explains that there were two things he wanted as a child but never got, ‘a real dog and a Kenner AT-AT Walker’. I had and still have a ton of Star Wars toys but never did manage to cop an AT-AT Walker either.
The music for this short film was made entirely from sounds recorded from a collection of antique cameras. The imagery is comprised of over six thousand still photos shot and edited together via stop motion animation.
It’s pretty much impossible not to like and appreciate the amount of work that went into creating this little stop motion video. You might recognize the guys in the video from I Love Local Commercials. It gets a little self-promo heavy at the end but that’s part of the genius behind these two gents, they just know how to market themselves.
This is just a really great video for a really great song. There isn’t much more you can say than that. Once again, stop motion reigns supreme in 2009 and this is probably one of the year’s best examples. The art direction is top notch. Beautiful work.
Full credits (and there’s a lot of them): Created By: Exploding Motor Car
Producer: Geoff Mclean
Production Company: Vision Film Co
Animation Director: Brett Long
Stop Motion Animator: Mike Weiss
Production Designers: Winston Hacking, Jeff Garcia, Daijaro Hama
Live Action DP: Barry Cheong
Stop-Mo DP: Drew Fortier
Editor: Marc De Pape
Post FX: Jesse Ewles
1st AC: Julia Seidman
Gaffer: Cliff Ramnauth
Makeup: Kenji Sato
Sets+Prop Builders: Martin Macpherson, Jay Graham
“Stop-motion film, written, animated, & directed by Dan Blank. Winner of Los Angeles Film Festival (Best Short, 2002), 2002 Student Academy Award (Bronze) & 2003 Student Emmy Award (Gold).
In August of 1945, in a closing chapter of the second World War, a blinding flash lit the sky over Hiroshima. The places that were shielded from that searing light became permanent shadows on the city’s walls and streets, while the city itself was decimated. “Shadowplay” is the story of Akio, a shadow of a young boy, who wanders the city searching for his family, while trying to make sense of the unfathomable atrocity.”
Produced by Dan Blank & Cynthia Allen
Cast: Jennifer Kato, Takeo Matsushita, Jun Kim, Ako.
Music: Ryan Shore
You can learn more about the creator and the project here.
“We Have Band – You Came Out (Official Music Video). Directed by David Wilson in very special collaboration with Fabian Berglund and Ida Gronblom from Wieden + Kennedy. Produced by Blinkink. Shot over 2 days and stop frame animated from 4,816 still images without a single moment of video footage! Take a look at our Flickr page to see every single frame uploaded in high res – flickr.com/photos/39167181@N06/.”
Wow. A lot of work must have gone into this. You can also watch the making of here.
“Stop motion animation made out of paper, for the public transport system in Montreal. Direction and concept by Karim Zariffa : karimzariffa.com. The ad was created in collaboration with Sid Lee agency, assistant of Karim was Pascal Brousseau, and photography by Simon Duhamel.”
I was emailed this last week and just now got around to posting. Great little piece of animation.
When considering this entire short film was created by way of stop motion animation created with stills shot from a camera hung from the ceiling pointing straight at the floor, you just have to kind of look at it in awe and be inspired.
I didn’t realize the power that 42 seconds could wield over my deep desire to travel to Tokyo. Awesome little video. Please someone send me over there. I will generate all manner of design/art/illustration if you just put me in a hotel for a week and let me go crazy in that city.
05/18 SENDAK PASSES The brilliant author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away last week at the age of 83 but will no doubt be remembered for generations to come for his amazing books such as Where the Wild Things Are.
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12/16 HITCHENS DIES Outspoken author and pundit Christopher Hitchens passed away yesterday at the age of 62 after succombing to a long battle with cancer. His honest and bravado opinion that rarely favored one side versus the other but was instead often a cry for ‘reason’ will be missed.
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