Manic/Love by Jordan Wolfson

This metallic sculpture resembles a clichéd portrait of an urchin, complete with ragged clothes and freckled cheeks. Its cartoonish features are warped by an aggressive grimace that simultaneously exposes the character’s distress and malice. To convey an additional layer of anguish, Wolfson has given his creation motion-sensitive eyes that track and lock onto its audience.


Xiaozhu by Karma Advertising

Sing along with the bouncing karaoke ball in this jaw-dropper from director Matthias Zentner full of dubious characters and ambitious VFX for Chinese home-sharing platform Xiaozhu (Small Pig).
The spot, which was pulled just before the air date, takes the guests and conditions found in standard Chinese hotels to a comical extreme with CG via Ignyte and post from Velvet.

Filthy by Mark Romanek

Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek has accompanied Timberlake’s return to pop music, directing JT’s Black Mirror-inspired music video for “Filthy.” This is not their first time working together either – Romanek directed the music video for “Can’t Stop This Feeling,” Timberlake’s one-off musical stint in the midst of his acting career to produce the theme song for Trolls.

Mark Romanek

Colour on Colour by FutureDeluxe

Part of an ongoing R&D project at the London studios of 3D boundary-pushers FutureDeluxe, “Colour on Colour” uses live action footage to drive intricate and beautiful procedural CG particle animations.

FutureDeluxe CD Andrew Jones: “Essentially the project is that technical and real-world combination we love. The macro video (shot with long term collaborator Davy Evans) is analyzed using Processing to extract information about the movement and color from the footage.

“This velocity and color data is then imported into Houdini and used to drive motion in a dense particle simulation in this organic and mesmerizing way.”


Fade by Kanye West

The video features Teyana Taylor and her husband, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. The video draws inspirations from a variety of subjects including 80’s pornography, Flashdance, John Carpenter films, The Fly, Dancing with the Stars, the Olympics and the NBA championship. The video would later win the Best Choreography Award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.


The Snowman by Dianne Jackson

The Snowman is is based on a children’s picture book without words by English author Raymond Brigg. The animation is told through pictures, action and music, scored by Howard Blake. It is wordless like the book, except for the song “Walking in the Air”.

A young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house in whose backyard the snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the snowman the boy rebuilds him, fashioning a snowdog out of the excess snow. The trio fly off in a plane to meet Santa, who gives the boy a magical dog collar which will make it the happiest Christmas ever for him. (1982)

Nike – Air Max Day ‘16 by ManvsMachine

ManvsMachine construct a series of delightful kinetic CG sculptures based on the work of sneaker design superstars Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker to help Nike fans mark Air Max Day 2016.
“We worked closely with Nike Sportswear to conceptualize and execute a huge global campaign culminating in events across the world. We see the unique mechanics of each Nike designer’s mind – Hiroshi: The Editor of Air. Tinker: The Architect of Air. Mark: The Visionary of Air.”

Project Air Max Day ’16

Floraform – growing jewelry by Nervous System

Just outside Boston in Somerville, Massachusetts, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg and their small team at Nervous System explore the intersection of science, art, and technology – writing code based on processes and patterns found in nature to create art, jewelry, clothes and housewares.

Floraform is inspired by the biomechanics of growing leaves and blooming flowers. Each piece emerges from a computational simulation of differential growth, a surface that grows at different rates in different location. The flowering structures expand fastest along their edges, evolving from simple surfaces to flexuous forms that fill space with curves, folds, and ruffles.

Nervous System

The Fall – Opening Titles by Tarsem Singh

The opening title sequence for Tarsem’s The Fall is the perfect example of a director’s absolute control over his vision. To view it after seeing the film is a gift; a rare and beautiful thing. Surreal, extravagant, and a world singularly Tarsem. What is it to sense things in such a way?
Scored to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92 (2-Allegretto), the visuals hit their money notes in quick succession. The bridge becomes a stage and the caballus curtain rises as the sequence concludes. It is a dream, and we are Dorothy, remembering the players.

Art of the Title
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Conan O’Brien Remembers The White Stripes by the Moth team

Designed and animated by the Moth team in London, Conan’s wish to have The White Stripes perform on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien comes true in the most fabulous way.
The film was commissioned by Third Man Books to promote the release of a children’s picture book based on The White Stripes song “We’re Going to be Friends” written by Jack White and illustrated by Elinor Blake (aka musician April March).

The Moth, true stories told live

Elements by Maxim Zhestkov

Russian visual artist and motion designer Maxim Zhestkov employs dynamics, tension, and various forces of nature to wrangle two billion elements into a pristine 3D gallery of kinetic art installations.
Maxim Zhestkov: “The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements / blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures.
“We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.

Maxim Zhestkov

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