‘Mine’ By Tell No One

Category: 3D Animation, Fashion Design, Film / Multimedia

I’m very excited to share this film with you! Directed and produced by Tell No One, a talented duo consisting of Luke White and Remi Weekes, Mine is yet another short that cements the pair even higher in my ‘I want to be like you’ list.

Tell No One produce abstract films that go beyond what we’re used to seeing. Using visual effects and a good dose of trickery, they create work that surprises, is often dark, and is sometimes very, very fun to watch. Mine fits into the latter. Created for Nowness, the motion touch enabled video allows you directly click and shop the items shown in the film. In an interesting twist on the concept of online shopping and the grab mentality of fashion, Tell No One enlisted Italian choreographer Paolo Manigiola to translate the ‘frenzied desire of online gratification’ into a compelling and vibrant routine. The combination of this beautiful choreographed dance piece, with wonderful direction, perfect styling and surprising visual illusions, makes for an incredible work. I’m so intrigued by the method of this film, of how it’s all done. For me it’s just like a great magic trick, but a beautifully art directed one

An aspect that I really appreciate about Tell No One is the approach to experimentation in their work. Their short films, majority of which are labelled as experiments from one through to ten, allow them to investigate a technique thoroughly, which in turn, creates stunning visuals. I’ve been following these guys for a while now and you can really see the production values step up as their experiments go on. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Since you’ve probably gathered I’m a fan by now, you may expect that I’ve written on Tell No One before. Well, you’d be right. Check out my previous articles on this talented duo here, here and here.

Logan Bradley

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Animal Instincts By Dvein

Category: Film / Multimedia

Dvein is a direction, live action and animation studio from Barcelona, Spain. In the world of post production these guys are up there and the work they produce is always a pool of creative inspiration for what I do.

We Wander is a short film by Dvein with no commercial purpose. Phew. Thank god for that. Commercial gain is what makes the world go round and what keeps most of us fed and clothed these days, but I am a true believer that work produced for no or little commercial gain is often the stuff that we, as creatives are most proud of. I wonder if Dvein feels this way about We Wander, because for me, I rate it as one of the best pieces to come out of the studio.

We wander documents various groups of animals, lurking, eating and roaming in the darkness of the night. Motivated by their own animal instincts, the animal behaviour is unperturbed by the going on’s of mankind, that is until a roaming light disturbs their natural movements. Bathed in this partial beam we glimpse the nature of these animals, the rawness of them, the frightfulness of them, and the frightening part of them. It’s black and it’s beautiful, with the perfect balance of reveal and conceal. The soundtrack by Tomás Virgós guides us through the sequence ominously, accompanied perfectly with the incredibly well executed SFX treatment. The darkness and scary nature of these skulking and wandering animals is then contrasted by the dawning of the day, a transition that not only adds ease to the film but also helps heighten the darkness of activity that we witnessed previously.

Dvein are seriously good and We Wander is by no means the only thing these guys have done well. Take some time to check out some of their other work by clicking here.

(Oh, and that type! So good!… it’s by these guys)

Logan Bradley

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Matthew Wilcock’s FMK Launch Film

Category: Animation, Film / Multimedia, motion graphics

Here is something I came across recently that I have since re-watched again and again. This is a launch film for Matthew Wilcock’s debut EP FMK/Floating Metal Key. The film may only be just under two minutes long, but it sure packs a punch with the content. Seven separate fragments of shorts have been included, each correlating with a track on the EP. What a great way to introduce the album, and set the right mood for the listener!

Each of the snippets have been created by different teams of people, which is impressive, considering the smooth transitions between each segment. The film feels cohesive and succeeds in drawing viewer into a dark, unsettling space. The overall aesthetic is brooding and grungy, and I love the intermittent glitchy moments and the scattered typography. Some very interesting things grow and unfold in most of the segments, but it seems that, as soon as you focus in on something, the whole thing gives you a big jerk and you are onto the next one. Hence the repeated plays!

The director of the film in its entirety is Dan Kokatajlo, an up-and-coming English director who has moved into film from a fine art background. You see more of his work here and give Matthew Wilcock’s full EP a listen via various channels by visiting his blog.

Anna Tokareva

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Snoopy will be back looking great!

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Film / Multimedia

When I first heard about Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ getting a 3D animated feature makeover I got excited and worried at the same time. Now the first teaser trailer is out and from what I see, this is looking very promising.

Most concerns have been put to rest when I heard producer Craig Schultz (the son of Charles Schultz, creator of the original comic strips) insists on handling the legacy with respect and creating something timeless that is true to the original generations have grew up on in the US. Snoopy won’t start talking and Charley Brown won’t be Facebook chatting on an iPad.

From what I can see in the trailer, the visual style got an elegant 3D makeover that does not go overboard. The characters look exactly as you remember them, the animation style follows the jagged movements of the old cartoons and they kept textures to a minimum. Incredible restraint and a refined approach get the concept exactly right. We also have comic strip style hand-drawn movement indicator lines and circles added, which I find clever and cute.

I am excited to see how the story and the characters will turn out. The premier is a long time away, the Peanuts movie will open November 6, 2015.

Kyle Glass
Source: FOX Family Entertainment

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Cannes Lions 2014 roundup

Category: Advertising, Film / Multimedia

Every year, hot on the glamorous heels of the film industry shimmying its way through Cannes, comes the other Cannes – the advertising one. The one where smart creative ideas are lauded with with gold, silver and bronze Lions; and 2014 is no exception. Well awarded this year with Gold Lions are some very smart, easy to explain ideas that all flip ‘the usual way of doing things’ on their head.

Kate Humphries

Climate Name Change from 350 Action, for instance, takes the usual act of naming extreme storms after randomly selected names, and packs a well-aimed punch by proposing that the World Meteorological Organization instead name them after policy makers who deny climate change.

 
 

Then, there’s Old Spice’s ‘Smellcome to Manhood’, which cleverly switches the focus away from young men achieving with the help of the product, and places it instead onto their emotionally-drenched mothers hilariously hating on the product:

 
 

Adidas D Rose Jump Store rather than showing the usual celebrity basket ball player in 60 seconds of slow motion glory leaping up to the hoop over and over again, shows instead the fans leaping up in slo-mo to a very high shelf in an effort to score a free pair of Derrick Rose’s signature Adidas shoes:

 
 

And last, but never least – rather than have their charity seek out corporate sponsorship – the idea here for Brothers In Arms is to instead have the charity make $1 donations into corporates’ bank accounts – but made in a such a way that the corporates themselves have to call the charity back. A brilliant flip, by Media Design School graduate Freddie Coltart and his partner Matt Williams which deservedly won a Gold Lion.

 
 

Kate Humphries has spent 20 years working on top advertising accounts in London and is now the course leader of Media Design School’s prestigious AdSchool. The AdSchool is an awards-powerhouse operating in Auckland, New Zealand and Milan, Italy. It was named the 4th best AdSchool in the world by YoungGuns and no2 in social media accordnig to the Bees Awards in San Francisco. The school is also part of D&AD – one of the most highly regarded design and advertising industry bodies in the world.

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