Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thanks to our friend, Don Cudney, we were able to share a little of the behind the scenes. We will be releasing some of the insights from the judges as we get ready for the Show in September. Keep an eye out and a mouse click away.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Award Winner of the Denver Film Festival Sita Sings the Blues is back for an encore at the Starz Film Center this Friday! This is a chance to get together to watch some unique animation.
Nina Paley is a comic-strip artist for “The Hots” and “Nina’s Adventures.” She decided to reflect on her personal tragedy in a Hindi-inspired cartoon, and spent the next 5 years single-handedly animating these images on her laptop.
I hope all of you take the time to check it out. It’s an award-winner for a reason!
Sita, the goddess in the Hindi epic The Ramayana, is the devoted wife of Rama, god and prince banished from the throne for 14 years.
Nina, an animator, is a loving wife living in San Francisco with her husband. Just what do an epic goddess and a modern-day woman have in common? Both get dumped!
Animator Nina Paley pulls humor from personal experience with the help of colorful stop-action cutouts, animated shadow puppets, and a Betty-Boop-like portrayal of the goddess Sita, who sings the ‘20s blues with Annette Hanshaw’s voice. It’s a handmade, heartfelt romp that’s original and guaranteed to be the greatest break-up story ever told!
Group discounts!! If 10 or more tickets are bought on a single transaction, it’s only $7.50 each (compared to $9.50).
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We are now in the age of do what is fun and wild for you and people will find it. Also known as Viral. Oh, and if you can film it, do. That will add to the frenzy.
I only wish they filmed it with a Digital SLR and in several angles, that would have been even more stunning.
This is it, this is the future and it is what I believe to be the first sign that our world is about to change. Viseo is soon to launch a series of HDTVs that are internet connectable.
Sure, there are PCs that play TV, there are computers like Apple TV that connect, heck, you can even just connect your PC to your TV. So why is this the future, because it is a new form. Remote/keyboard.
Does it seem to anyone else that Viseo is the first to completely remove the line between TV and Computer. Simple change, a single feature, new possibilities. This one will catch on and it will change Viseo's place as the bargain HDTV.
" Vizio is upping the game by equipping its soon-to-be-released HDTVs with an impressive suite of Internet applications and video streaming sites. So much so, that this portfolio will place them on top of many people’s wish list as these TVs will be better equipped than a TiVo or even Windows Media Server."
Monday, June 22, 2009
I do believe that all I need to know I learned from short films. This one is about the things you hide keeping you from living. See, know you know, you are smarter, and it was in a pleasing format.
Kodak announced today that they will discontinue the most senior of their color slide film: Kodachrome. Kodachrome amounts to less than 1% of the color slide film sold today, but it is a huge majority of the "nice bright colors" of the National Geographic archives and of many photographic collections. Check out a slideshow tribute to Kodachrome (including the photo of "Afghan Girl" on the cover of National Geographic in June 1985 by Steve McCurry) here.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Despite the first time ever release, the video for the cards is great, nothing better than putting something up you can't look away from, card tricks and slight of hand is definitely one of those things. The photography on the site isn't bad either.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The ‘09 Spillt reel is jam packed with new work, created with tender love and animation goodness. Hope you enjoy and give us a holler for all your motion design/animation needs. We manage everything from concept to final delivery.
The judges for this year's Annual Show loved 'em and we do too.
Check Spillt out here.
Check Spillt out here.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The Scream Scram is a chance for your artwork to be displayed. Illustrators and designers, here is your opportunity to design for a non-profit, 5k annual race held to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other charities. Your artwork will be displayed on t-shirts, entry forms, in PR materials and on a mobile billboard at the event.
I want to take a moment to personally thank everyone who took time to help us this weekend with the judging of this year's entries for the Annual Award Show. With close to 450 entries, it was a daunting task, but we had a great team and the judges were awesome and insightful.
If you haven't taken part in this, we should talk about next year.
So, a round of applause goes out to:
Ty Hutchinson, Bryan Jessee, Bart Cleveland and Chase Jarvis
Leigh Anne Dunbar
E. Y. Spritzer
and RMCAD for use of their wonderful facilities and staff. Thanks everyone, couldn't do it without you.
I was first put-off by the stop motion, but I think they will bring added dimention. This does look to be really good.
The film's first special engagements will show on June 19th at the Landmark Nuart in LA, and the Landmark Sunshine in NYC, with more cities and dates to follow. I'm really looking forward to seeing this new collaboration between director Tatia Rosenthal and writer Etgar Keret. The use of claymation and stop-motion animation juxtoposed with a unique storyline gives me much promise that this will be a memorable film (and best on the big screen).
Check out it's site here.
Really love this idea from photographer Dina Goldstein.
Check out more shots at her site.
I began to imagine Disney's perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A couple times each year I tear myself away from making stuff and blowing it and getting run over by cars for long enough to do a couple keynote talks. One of those times is this Friday in Denver. Open to the general public. Focus is on creativity.
What: Chase Jarvis Keynote Address
Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 6pm gather, 7pm start
Location: Denver Newspaper Auditorium
ALSO wanted to let you know Chase is having an expressly casual Chase Jarvis SOCIAL Thursday 6/11 (tomorrow) in Boulder. All are welcome. Fan him on Facebook or follow me on Twitter to find out time and place.
Lastly, in case you missed 'em, he made some fun of himself and did some laughable (er..dubious) teaser vids for this talk here and here. Low and behold, an ol' pal McNally followed it up with this funny parody.
Hope to see you at one or both.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
These have been out a while, but they are genius. I think. "The audience will be talking about your product!", the agency says. Either way, found these while listening to NPR's Talk of the Nation. As I understand it, they were commissioned by Absolut, and Zach had full creative license. Enjoy, or ingest. Either way. They are popular, or at least, when was the last time you were approaching 1 Mllion hits for your video?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This isn't new, but it is pretty. Besides, I couldn't look away, which must mean it is at the very least interesting. I'm just sitting here waiting for someone to put a concept to it instead of it just being pretty to look at. But until then... I'll still enjoy the art.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Ask yourself, what have you done today? Direct? Produced? Animate? Compose? All the above? The Dead Pirates track, Wood, directed by Mcbess & Simon and produced by The Mill. Mcbess, whose real name is Matthieu Bessudo, did not simply co-direct this animated promo with fellow director at The Mill Simon Landrein – he wrote and recorded the track under The Dead Pirates moniker, and he also provided the illustrations for the video too.
Sunday, 5/30/09 New York Times by Bill Marsh
The world economy is in mid-swan dive. Wallets are in lockdown. So how does a company get people to feel just a little bit better about buying more stuff? (And perhaps burnish a brand that has taken some public relations lumps?)
Behold the new breed of corporate logo — non-threatening, reassuring, playful, even child-like. Not emblems of distant behemoths, but faces of friends.