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Beeple + Flying Lotus Team Up in Dazzling Animated Music Video

Flying Lotus sends over his new music video, in collaboration with one of our favorite visual artists, the multi-talented motion artist Beeple. It seems a perfectly-calibrated aesthetic marriage between 3D models and hand-sketched rough edges, lending it the same, simultaneously futuristic and informal quality of FlyLo’s music. Hope to talk more about this video, but couldn’t wait to share it. In the meantime, see, from previous coverage:

Shared Inspiration: Beeple Talks Process, 3D Sound Robots, Work to Watch

But, wait – there’s more! Act now, and get free 3D models, contributing open source materials right along the video.

And in an open invitation to animators across the world to make new scenes and stories with the parade of fantastical characters featured in the video, the source 3D models have been made freely available for you to download and use in your own works.

Beeple explains: “When the video is released I will also be posting all of the 3D animation project files on my website so that people can see exactly how each shot and every character was animated. They are also free to use these 3D models and scenes in any way they’d like. I like to think of it as sort of an “open source video” in that all of the pieces of the project are also released for people to do what they’d like with.”

Heck, I was pleased enough just sitting back and watching the video for free, but thanks. I like the idea of sharing assets in this way, instead of – as visualists have often done traditionally – just ripping them off. It means that the raw ingredients of our visual work could come from artists we know and love, with their permission, or that series of visual performers might be able to collaborate with shared materials for more layered sets. We’ll follow that aspect of this story, too, if you’re hungry for some models. Stay tuned for that, and in the meantime, let us know if this idea appeals to you or if you’d just rather watch the video.