The Standard Design motion graphics showreel gets a long-overdue update. Watch it full screen! Be amazed! Listen to a remix of a Beastie Boys remix! Check out the Animation & Cartoon Work page on my portfolio site for a couple more new HD clips.
Now that The Demographic’s new video for “The Headliner” is finally done, I’ll briefly review some of the technical aspects of the production. I’ve had this project floating around unfinished in the background of my to-do lists since… oh Christ, May, I think? So though I am extremely proud of it, I’m also quite prepared to archive it and stop thinking about it for forever. Continue reading
Working on some animation bits for the next video from The Demographic. I have no idea how real fancy animators animate in their real fancy animation programs, but I move around Illustrator layers in After Effects. It requires a bit of thinkin’ when it comes to slicing up a drawing into layers. Understanding what is in front of what, how much over-drawing needs to occur, etc. Here are a few screencaps from my Sunday morning/afternoon work: Continue reading
The character design, sound design, execution… overall, just plain old run-of-the-mill excellence.
Here’s a promo video I whipped up for my graphic novel Broken Lines. Since you probably haven’t heard of Broken Lines, clearly this must be a terrible promotional idea.
MUSE – KNIGHTS OF CYDONIA (2006) – Directed by Joseph Kahn – Cowboys, kung-fu, sci-fi, 60s/70s execution. Superimposed hawks. A chrome-bikini-clad woman on a unicorn with a magical CD. Dirtbikes. Droids. Band-as-hologram. This thing is amazing. It’s not too often I see a music video and actually get jealous that I didn’t make it. There is an uncensored version on the director’s website, but honestly his site has to much Flash-wankery for me to bother with.
PETER, BJORN & JOHN – YOUNG FOLKS (2006) – Directed by Ted Malmros – This video successfully compliments the song. Which, you know, should be the goal of all video makers, but most sorta miss the mark. But this works. It’s cute and eye-catching and plain ol’ apt. It fits, damn it. I think the limited animation approach mostly succeeds, though there a few times I feel like they’re rehashing the same clips a few too many times. The art style itself is great. Simple, clean, good color palette.
GORILLAZ – CLINT EASTWOOD (2001) – Art by JC Hewlett – Christ, I think I could put the Gorillaz in like, every category I’ve made here. They’re just awesome. Most everything they release is just so goddamned quality. But it all started with this video (maybe. I think. Right? I’m no goddamned Gorillaz historian.) and I think it still stands as one of the best animated videos I’ve ever seen. I mean, I’m still in love with the song, too. So that sure don’t hurt.
SIX FEET UNDER (2001-2005) – Digital Kitchen, music by Whatsisname Newman – I love this sequence. I think it should so obviously be on this list of Really Nice Things, it almost seems like I should exclude itdue to its obviousity, know what I mean? Great music, great editingcuts to the music, great imagery, great execution. Some of it could have come out corny (time lapse of flowers dying? Come ON!) but they pulled it off. It’s pretty great. Watch the sequence & stuff from the DVD.
THANK YOU FOR SMOKING (2006) – Shadowplay Studios– Awesome. I assume it was done in After Effects, and it’s top-notch.No bullshit preset animation crap, no dumb effects, just good graphicdesign and typography, sliced up and animated in a classy way. Therecreation of some of the packaging must have been a ball-buster, andit completely paid off. It rocks. Watch the sequence.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) – Nexus Productions, I think. – I liked this but didn’t love it.The animation technique was nice, the colors were nice, the overallgraphic treatment was nice. The extended lines off of the type(Helvetica or Coolvetica or whatever the hell it is) really didn’t doit for me at all, which is tough nuts for me because the whole sequenceis built around the gimmick. It all plays very well with the JohnWilliams score. It’s totally like, tons better than most crap movietitles, don’t get me wrong. I mean, it’s on this extremely importantwebpage, right? I mean, I made the effort. Watch it on the YouTube.
BEASTIE BOYS VIDEO ANTHOLOGY (2000) – Menu and package design: Bill McMullen/The Orange Network, DVD production: Sean Wright-Anderson – The packaging has some above average illustration work on it and anice lil’ booklet, but my main target of praise are the DVD menus.They’re all just really slick and spot-on. The Beastie Boys have a longhistory of having a really strong graphic presence. Sometimes thepackaging outclasses the product itself (Intergalactic!). Anyhoo, this DVD collection is the shit and the menus are solid.
THE AMAZING SCREW-ON HEAD (2006) – Mike Mignola – Okay. Um, this is one of the best things ever. It makes me really like David Hyde Pierce, so it’s gotta be pretty amazing, right? I mean, they put the word ‘amazing’ in the title. So it’s probably pretty amazing. Let me tell you right now to your ugly little face: This is amazing. Putting aside the fact that it is brilliantly written and extremely well-performed vocally, this is just such an awesome translation of Mignola’s style to animation. So much black! I originally saw this on the Sci Fi Network website last year, and it came out on DVD. I own a copy. You should, too.
THANK YOU MASK MAN (1971) – John Magnuson Associates / Lenny Bruce – I saw this a long long time ago on a TV show called Night Flight. The animation is not great, but it’s so damned weird it becomes attractive to me. The use of the odd textured backgrounds is an interesting approach. The audio is so garbled, to this day there are still bits I don’t understand. Lenny’s voicework is super. It is a hoot and a holler and still considered pretty rude.
WHAT BARRY SAYS (2004) – Barry McNamara and Knife Party – I saw this a couple of years ago on the gigposters.com forums, and I just fell in love with it. Maybe if I paid more attention to what my contemporaries were doing I’d find more great stuff like this, but alas, I usually keep my head up my ass so it doesn’t roll away. ANYWAY, the animation in this is great. The typography is great. The color palette is also great. The voiceover and the message the voiceover delivers and the mood and the execution are all… uh, great. Everything about this is just pretty great. You get the idea. I think I can say without reservation that this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen on the internet.
THE FAT LIL ZOLOFT BLOBBY DUDE – I laugh at him because he looks squishy.