JohnnyExpress

Category: 3D Animation, Film / Multimedia

Here’s a wee bit of fun for your day. JohnnyExpress is the latest out of Korean animation and production studio Alfred ImageWorks (great name!). The short film tells the story of Johnny, an intergalactic deliveryman who’s rated top of his field, although that credit is questionable after watching. Upon waking at his latest delivery destination, Johnny quickly finds himself up against a major hurdle, and the lives of those inhabiting the planet up against an even bigger one!

This is one great little piece of work. Aesthetically, the clean use of colour and matte texturing of the 3D models works perfectly for me. That paired with great character design, and a seriously good dose of well timed humour makes for a winning short film. Alfred Imageworks obviously know their 3D, their game trailers are epic and incredibly well put together. Click here to have a look.

In the meantime, give JohnnyExpress five minutes of your day. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

Logan Bradley

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Cactus Flower

Category: Animation, Illustration

Cactus Flower is a beautiful short animated film by Yoo Seungah. Unfortunately I can’t find out a single thing about Yoo, so this article will lack a certain amount of legitimate detail. However, don’t let that put anyone off! Cactus Flower is one of the most poignant and beautiful animations I have seen for a while.

I’ll be real with you. 2D animation doesn’t hugely grab me unless it’s a bit, well… off. This film takes the ‘off’ approach with it’s wonderfully unbalanced illustration and animation style. Telling the quietly touching story of a relationship with a missing piece, Cactus Flower takes you on a small journey through the couples feelings and emotions, their longings and desires, all with the simplest of techniques and without a single word being uttered. It really is a touching story and I loved watching this for the first time. The illustration style, well it just rules. I’m in love with the flattened perspective and more so, with the lovely painterly grounds that the characters inhabit. The style reminds me of Lieke van der Vorst who I wrote about a few months back. The same palette, the same perspective and the same scratchiness can be found between the two.

Watch this one people. It’s short but it’s magic, saddening and promising all wrapped up in one sweet animation.

And Yoo Seungah… well you’ve got some other splendid work too. Take a look at some more of (her/ his) wonderful animation here.

Logan Bradley

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‘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.

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