Animation For A Cause

Animation For A Cause

DD alumnus Yaniv Fridman has launched Animation For A Cause, a non-profit initiative to support social causes through the creation of short animations to promote growth, awareness and involvement. The intro video eloquently explains the project.

“Six months ago I had the idea to start a non-profit, to be able to do what I love, collaborate with passionate people and help others while doing it. It hasn’t been easy. I’ve put a lot of time, effort and resources into it and it’s only the beginning, but it’s definitely worth it. Please take a minute to see my project, share it, send your cause or make a donation. Thank you so much!” says Yaniv.

Great work, Yaniv!


Cel Animation in Motion Graphics

A screenshot from DD26 Cesar Martinez’s broadcast package incorporating cel animation overlaid on footage.

Cel (or classical) animation has been on the rise in motion graphics and is now becoming ubiquitous. It’s that dripping wet, organic swirl of colour that leaves jaws on the floor and students scouring tutorial sites. That  fluid transition that meshes scenes into stories and engages viewers.  It can mean hundreds of drawings and lakes of coffee but the end result is always worth it. Where motion graphics used to trend towards being structured and clean, the industry has been undergoing an organic face lift. The combination of using traditional frame by frame, hand drawn animation alongside other techniques adds a refreshing fluid style that surpasses the structure and consistencies of key frames and motion paths.

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The Vein Magma

Dvein, a filmaking and animation collective in Barcelona, Spain, created a visual adventure video for adobe, and the song they used is named The Vein Magma.

When playing the video at first I saw some white mountains with rivers, but when the camera starts moving you can see that it’s not a typical landscape,but a landscape made of melted colors and strange forms.

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Gnomeland Security — Protecting Against Animal Terrorism

USA Gnomeland Security Badge

Dark Igloo (co-founded by Digital Design grad Mark Miller and his business partner Dave Franzese) along with a small group of their friends — {group theory} (production co.: Sagmeister’s The Happy Film, Moving Windmills) and Shift Editorial (animation director: David Bowie’s “Jeans and a T-shirt”; documentary on the band GenesisCome Rain or Shine) — have  made a 16 minute cartoon called Gnomeland Security.

As Mark tells us, “Gnomeland Security is the adventures of five idiotic gnomes struggling to protect our nation from the animal kingdom’s foulest terrorists. From the perspective of most Americans, animal terrorism looks a lot like “natural occurrences,” which is why you’ve had no idea that this secret task force of mercenary delinquents has been keeping your ass safe … until now!”
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A gift for my daughter: A 3D animation of a Maori legend

A few months ago I found a legend on how the oh so beloved kiwi bird from New Zealand lost it’s wings, and I’ve been adapting it into a 3D animation short as a gift to my daughter, which means I got some time till she’s old enough to watch it!

The legend is about the Maori God Tane Mahuta, guardian of the forest and the birds. He finds himself in need of help when he discovers that his children (the trees) are being eaten by vicious bugs. He asks the birds of the forest for their help and the kiwi is the only one who is brave enough to say yes. There’s a bit more to it than that — you can google the legend or just wait for my film!

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