Category Archives: Animation

Laura Mvula

I like the simple animation for Laura Mvula‘s videos and I love Laura Mvula, who has been nominated for two BRIT Awards 2014. The animation below is directed by James Swindells of Powster, who won a UK Music Video Award in 2013 for Mvula’s ‘Sing To The Moon’…




and here’s Laura’s version of Nina Simone’s 1958 ‘Little Girl Blue’…

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Impromptu

There is nothing I like better than an impromptu dinner with friends, and Bruce Alcock of Global Mechanic Media is a man after my own heart, as he also loves to combine, food, wine, music and animation, all in a loose, exhuberant way to make something dynamic happen. Just nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, his latest animated short, ‘Impromptu‘, draws (and in lovely fluid lines, too) on his love of food, people and filmmaking. He says “The  film is a celebration. It’s really about embracing, people coming together. It’s about the redemptive power of music and food and love. It’s about life.” And the National Film Board says of this delightful film, “Impromptu captures the fleeting occurrence of those inner eureka moments that carry us forward and bring order to the chaos of life.”

…read a wee interview with him at TorontoFilmScene

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Hunting For Hockney

Filmmaker/animator  Alice Dunseath has made a lovely little film, ‘Hunting For Hockney‘, She says of it, “To escape from the realities of bereavement, two friends travel across Yorkshire to look for David Hockney. Grief heightens their senses and their need for adventure”. Inconguously poignant, colourful and witty, with a very Hockney-like sense of line, colour and fun, this wee film is a delight, made while Alice was a student at The Royal College of Art…

Hunting for Hockney from Alice Dunseath on Vimeo.

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The Blue Umbrella

Filmmaker Saschka Unseld had collaborated with Pixar Studios to create ‘The Blue Umbrella‘, an  animated short (told entirely in CGI) about a blue umbrella looking for his soul-mate, a red umbrella, while the city literally comes to life during a rainstorm. Unseld describes the film as “a love declaration to the rain”. The wonderful poster just below is very Miroslav Sasek-likeCassandra Smolcic, graphic designer at Pixar designed some of them, but I’m not sure which ones. Check out the wonderful calendar of process events here, describing many of the production details…

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Pixar’s initial layout reel…

The Blue Umbrella – The very first Blue Umbrella Layout Reel from saschka on Vimeo.

…here it is in its entirety, but not great quality of image…

…read an interview with Saschka at DenOfGeeks, as well as a  post on the creative team and their process at CreativeBloq

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