Tag: video

The Illusion of Life

A video on the 12 principles of animation titled “The Illusion of Life” by Cento Lodigiani has been making the rounds this week. It’s a very well down breakdown of the animation principles defined in the 1930s, which are still relevant today. What makes this video work so well is the simplicity of the design. By using a simple shape, it focusses the attention on the principle described and shows just how well it works by bringing life to a square. Cento has also created a Tumblr with handy GIFs of each of the principles.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a traditional animator, or if you think motion design is separate from animation, these principles are worth studying. Apply them to your next motion design piece. You’ll have a stronger result because of it.

To learn more about these principles and get a great foundation on animation, I highly recommend The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. It’s a great read and reference to have with you at all times.

The Noun Project

Unite user joedonaldson recently posted a project he recently completed for The Noun Project. If you’re not familiar with the site, its purpose is to build a collection of royalty-free symbols & icons the entire world can use to visually communicate. It’s been amazing to watch it grow over time into the vast collection it currently is. Take a look at Joe’s work below and let him know what you think on Unite.

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OFFF Barcelona 2011 Main Titles

Late last week, OFFF Barcelona took place. And it wouldn’t be OFFF without an epic title sequence. This year, PostPanic created the nearly six-and-a-half minute sequence. More cinematic than design, but plenty heavy on VFX and awesomeness with creative ways of integrating the titles into the narrative.

The short film is a dystopian view of a possible future that is both disturbing and incredible. After six months of work,on-location in Prague with post in Amsterdam, the result is definitely “unsettling and menacing”, which was the intent of director Mischa Rozema.  [box type=”info”]Warning: If it offends you, there are some images of violence. Also, one particular shot towards the end—near the 5:00 mark—might be a problem if you are squeamish.[/box]

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OFFF Barcelona 2011 Main Titles from OFFF, let’s feed the future on Vimeo.

Vurb – Stock Textures, Animations, and Videos

Vurb.tv is a new stock element site for motion designers.

[UPDATED] A new site for stock textures, animations, and videos for motion designers just opened its doors: Vurb.tv. The site features a decent array of elements for motion designers—from metal, plant, and paper textures to fire, ink, and water videos (in 1080p), even After Effects project files for particle simulations. There’s some great pieces on the site, and it’s clear they put a lot of time into capturing or creating these elements.

Now, being the talented motion designer you are, you could create these elements from scratch (especially the lens flare videos); however, sometimes you can be in a pinch and just need something quick. Vurb.tv, being created by motion designers, knows this, but they won’t gouge you. Textures go for $5, AE project files for $20, and videos for $25 (all prices in USD).

The site itself is fairly well designed, too. After registering, you can create various bins to hold elements while you browse. You can even email these bins from within the site to a producer or anyone else you might want to share it with. There are some oddities, though. For example, when browsing the elements, they are displayed in random order. So clicking back and forth between page two and three will give you different elements each time. Also, it appears bins need some work. There is no cross-checking for previously existing bins when you create a new one. So If I already have a bin named “Awesomeness,” and create a new bin with the same name, no error is given and anything added to the second bin cannot be viewed. [UPDATE: I’ve received word from Vurb that they are aware of the browsing issue, but not the bins. They are actively working on fixes.]

Overall, though, I’m excited to see what Vurb.tv has to offer. They promise to continually add new content (would be great to have an RSS feed for content in addition to their blog), and even offer to help track down or create elements you request. You can follow Vurb on Twitter and Vimeo as well. To celebrate their launch, they are providing 50% off with the promo code “Launch!” (including the exclamation point).

[Anti-Disclosure: Vurb.tv in no way compensated The Motion League or any of its contributors for this post. It was done independently and without influence of Vurb.tv, with the exception of any forthcoming response to the previously mentioned bugs with the site.]