VisionFest Video Competition!

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Design, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Illustration, Music, Photography

Are you into creating moving images? Do you want to travel and get exhibited?

15-60 seconds of awesomeness packaged into a short video is all you need to enter the Frontier VisionFest competition. Keen? Well you should be, the grand prize will blow your mind – an all inclusive scholarship with flights to ArtFest, Santa Fe in the U.S of A! ArtFest is three weeks of creative wizardry with workshops held by international experts, covering multiple disciplines in art and design. This is your ultimate opportunity to travel and grow as and artist / designer.

On top of this the best work will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest, a series of events with environmental and interactive projections around the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Add this to your resume!

Sounds like a dream? Well it’s not, so get to work!

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts
Creative Writing and Literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Design
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Performance

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The Death of an Insect

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, motion graphics


Mesmerising, beautiful, haunting, magical…Only some of the adjectives you may utter upon viewing this short film. Please do not be put off by the title. Yes, the video is moody and dark, but in the best way possible! Trust me. Though, if bugs make you squeamish, beware – you are about to come face to face with some magnified critters.

Death of an Insect premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010, but the full version appeared on Vimeo more recently, after being screened at over 50 festivals around the world. The creators are Finnish pair Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen, with music by Joonatan Portaankorva. Together they operate as film production company Pohjankonna Oy. They have also created several documentary shorts which push the boundaries of the genre and are a worth a watch, you can find them on their website.

Death of an Insect is undoubtedly the most striking of their films, and I would imagine the most complex to make. I am no expert in animation, 3D or visual effects technologies and normally prefer “old-school” hand-drawn, stop-motion or model animation. Let’s not forget that Vladislav Starevich’s 1912 classic “The Cameraman’s Revenge” used stop-motion to animate insects a century ago. However, this short film seamlessly blends traditional techniques and innovative technology. Photography, a 3D-modelling x-ray scanner, After Effects, Modo, stop-motion, Syntheyes – this mix of tools and techniques must have required extensive experimentation and play to get right! The outcome feels like an eerie blend of vintage footage and a strange, insect-infested apocalyptic future. Watch it now, if you haven’t already!

Check out the making-of clip on their Vimeo channel, and a comprehensive series of posts detailing the creative process here.

Anna Tokareva

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

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Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design, Interactive, Motion Graphics)

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

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

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

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Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Masters of Art in Film and New Media

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

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Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

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

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Pure Geometry

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Graphic Design

This post is going to be short and sweet, just like this cool piece of digital art work by Ukranian designer Alexey Romanowsky. Logan shared this link with me a while back and I kept meaning to talk about it. So here we are. It’s only thirty seconds long so go for it!

Aptly titled Pure Geometry this little number experiments with a range of different styles of animation, switching seemlessly between 2D and 3D. I particularly enjoyed the moving black lines that surround the circular shape, they’re reminiscent of the art deco era somehow and contrast with the three dimensionality of the other shapes. I like the simplicity of the subject matter. Romanowsky takes the purity of the rectangle, circle and triangle and manages to make something quite beautiful out of them.

I can’t find much out on Alexey Romanowsky (apart from the fact his name is spelt differently everywhere I look) BUT you can check out his Behance profile here. I’d like to see more from this talented artist, and soon!

Renee Barker

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Diploma of Digital Creativity
Diploma of Creative Advertising
Bachelor Software Engineering (Game Programming)
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design, Interactive, Motion Graphics)

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

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

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

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Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

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The Blue Umbrella

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts

Last night I went to see Monsters University, Pixar’s latest full length movie. I am a total sucker for animated films and this one didn’t disappoint. It was full of laughs, great characters and plots that entertain children and adults alike. Anyway, what I had forgotten about before I went was the fact that with each full-length release Pixar throw in a special feature short film, in this instance it was a delightful tale called The Blue Umbrella. And boy was it an impressive feat of movie-making! Cutting edge special effects were combined seemlessly with a simple romantic plot about two umbrellas falling in love.

Saschka Unseld directed the The Blue Umbrella. He works in the technical department at Pixar, and his expertise is clearly stamped all over this piece. A photo-realist effect has been achieved, partly attributed to the use of a new special effect called ‘global illumination [which] simulates the way surfaces emit and reflect light.’ The results are stunning, when the film started I couldn’t actually tell if it was real or animated. What’s remarkable is the backdrop of rain that accompanies the plot, I’m no animator but I can imagine the technical challenges that rain would present! The Blue Umbrella was released on June 21st 2013. The full clip has not yet been released online so I can only offer you the short excerpt above as a taster. It’s fun, quirky and well worth a watch so go and see it!

Renee Barker

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Diploma of Digital Creativity
Diploma of Creative Advertising
Bachelor Software Engineering (Game Programming)
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design, Interactive, Motion Graphics)

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

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

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Masters of Art in Film and New Media

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

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Umbrella

Category: Film / Multimedia

Watch this. You won’t be disappointed. Umbrella is the new work that’s just been released by one of my favourite directing duos Tell No One. Tell No One, as they like to be known, consists of Luke White and Remi Weekes, writers/ directors from London, and these two guys are seriously talented. Their short clips are titled Experiments, as they explore a subject matter from a different point of view, sometimes mythical, sometimes purely from a creative direction. But with all of their work, beautiful aesthetics, sound, and post production fit together seamlessly and exquisitely.

In terms of tone, Umbrella is a slightly different work I guess, however again, the combination of simple but clever creative idea mixed with perfectly executed visuals means that it’s a winner. There’s nothing to it… from a conceptual point of view anyway, it’s purely a work that is playful, light… and just a little cute. What I also like is how they’ve taken this everyday object and created something so brilliant out of it. As an object, the umbrella is definitely iconic and I can’t help but think of Rene Magritte with this work. He used umbrellas in a lot of his work, maybe this is the type of thing that he would have created if he was living in todays world.

Make sure you check out our previous writings on Tell No One here and here. They are definitely people you should know about.

Logan Bradley

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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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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

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

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