Paint Porn

Category: Film / Multimedia, Fine Art

Alright painters. Here’s a little something especially for you. Tone is a short by Trent Jaklitsch on the painting process of Alyssa Monks.

Monks is an artist from New York who focuses mainly on realist portraits treated in a heavy, painterly style. You can watch another of Jaklitsch’s films on Monks here, but my preferred is this wonderful portrait of the painting process itself.

From my point of view, there is just something so special about the paint medium. The push and pull it allows, the mess you can create, the way that it forgives and allows for mistakes and reconfigurations, just makes it such a wonderful medium to be able to play with. This film is all about that. Laden brushes smear across the picture plane that quickly transition into dripping and flooding colour. There’s beauty in this, and I just love that someone has taken the time to devote 3 minutes to the process and medium of painting rather than the end result.

So good. Press play and enjoy!

Logan Bradley

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Marilyn Myller’s Substantial Work

Category: Animation / 3D / VFX, Film / Multimedia

Marilyn Myller is the newest short to come out of the genius that is Mikey Please. Yes, that’s his name. Mr. Please is an animator/ director/ writer out of the UK and is one very talented cookie. His painstaking technique of miniatures, stop motion and traditional animation techniques have help him to create, along with his sculpted white styrofoam, a strong signature look, one that is dark and light at the same time. A perfect aesthetic companion to the stories he tells.

We’ve featured his work before and I highly suggest you check out his award winning The Eagleman Stag here which he produced a few years back. It’s dark, it’s beautiful and it’s also astounding from a production point of view. Marilyn Myller has all the same traits. What I liked best about it was the transitions between worlds and states that the story takes you through. One minute you’re creating the world, the next your an angst teenager, the next a wanky artist. It’s random and perfect, and really, quite funny. The oddness of the African chants that enter towards the end in my view are pure genius. So witty, so unexpected and so brilliant at making what would otherwise be a heavy wee story into one that has a humourous slant. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was semi-autobiographical? I guess we may ever know…. although there is one clue. Mikey Please doesn’t take himself too seriously as his bio shows, that attitude, which enters the films narrative, makes me wonder if there’s a little bit of Marilyn Myller in Mr. Please himself. I reckon so.

Have a watch. It’s a goodie.

Logan Bradley

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)

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JohnnyExpress

Category: Animation / 3D / VFX, 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 / 3D / VFX, Graphics / 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: Animation / 3D / VFX, Fashion, 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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Masters of Art in Film and New Media

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Media Design School

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Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music

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