Data Privacy, The Terrifying 3D Animated Movie by Beeple [+VJ Clips]

Can shiny, rotating 3D eye candy have a message? They can if they’re in the masterful hands of motion graphics / visualist wizard Beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann. His latest short is retina-singeing, brain-stimulating imagination of the issue of transparency and data privacy, in the age of Snowden and the NSA, targeted Facebook ads, Foursquare check-ins, and Google Glass. And it works not simply because it’s impressive animation, but because that impressive animation reminds us that the science fiction universe we imagined is around us now – a Ghost in the Machine, Serial Experiments Lain, cyberpunk universe that can be utopian …

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Beeple Beauties: New Free Video Clip Pack is Here, Creative Commons with Project Files

resolume pack one. from beeple on Vimeo. Beeple is one of the stars of visualist culture, and his packs of motion graphics represent best of the breed. So, download these. Get inspired by them. And by all means, if you use them, use that Creative Commons license to share some of your own original content to give back and to modify/remix these into something new, if you can! (Alternatively, watch and memorize these so you’ll spot them when they make appearances in live sets.) Thanks to Mike Winkelmann for sharing his latest. And as always, he not only puts these …

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Rendered Toy Theater: ‘Brave New World’ Short, Set in Rotating Box

Brave New Old from Adam Wells on Vimeo. In electronic animation, there really are no limits to space or object. The challenge can become, then, grounding motion in the physical. Adam Wells sends CDM his short “Brave New World,” which has been making the festival circuit. It takes a novel approach, setting the action in minimalist, toy-like objects, and setting the entire stage for the work as a rotating box. For the artist, the work has been an experiment in storytelling, he says. It recalls for me physical toy theater, the puppet-based tradition of setting theatrical storytelling in miniature, self-contained …

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Rendered Toy Theater: 'Brave New World' Short, Set in Rotating Box

Brave New Old from Adam Wells on Vimeo. In electronic animation, there really are no limits to space or object. The challenge can become, then, grounding motion in the physical. Adam Wells sends CDM his short “Brave New World,” which has been making the festival circuit. It takes a novel approach, setting the action in minimalist, toy-like objects, and setting the entire stage for the work as a rotating box. For the artist, the work has been an experiment in storytelling, he says. It recalls for me physical toy theater, the puppet-based tradition of setting theatrical storytelling in miniature, self-contained …

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In Mutemath Projection Mapping, Rabbit Hole Creative Melds Image with Stage Setup

MUTEMATH Stage Projection Mapping from Rabbit Hole Creative on Vimeo. A rectangle behind performers can work. It can fit the content, and the stage picture. It’s just that, very often, it — doesn’t. Projection mapping in the tour for the band Mutemath isn’t just a way to create the illusion of three-dimensionality. It’s also a means for creating a stage set in which projection is an integral part of the picture the audience sees. Rather than a jarringly-disconnected flat screen, the visuals are part of the overall stage design. What’s especially notable about this project is that it was produced …

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Ments, Short Animation, Transports You To Wondrous Underwater Alien World

Ments, an audiovisual collaboration between sound creators Echoic Audio and London-based motion artist Jordi Pages, almost needs no introduction. It jacks your brain deep into the oceans of some alien world. There’s no clear narrative, but perhaps this is what Pixar narrative is like if you’re from a different solar system. Jordi offers up some of the technical details: The main software used is Cinema 4D R13 with the dynamics simulation and optimize afterwards for time remapping and texturing. Coloring and grading was done in AE and credits and post effects were done with Plexus. Have a look, and if …

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Geo-tastic Augmented Sculptures by Jean-Michel Verbeeck; Stumbling for Words for a Meme

. / HEXASTRUCT from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo. You’ve seen work like this before, but keep watching – Jean-Michel Verbeeck’s execution is exquisite. Let me throw a phrase out there to describe this meme around projection mapping and augmented projection: Neo-Baroque Abstract Expressionism Post-minimalist Trompe L’oeil (I mean those – I’m not just turning into one of those arty bollocks generators.) At top, one of the “stacks of blocks” variety, but I also enjoy the more reason geometric superhero figure below. Details after the jump. . / INNOVATES from Jean-Michel Verbeeck on Vimeo.

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A Sphere, By Any Means Necessary [Cinema 4D Motion]

Spherikal from Ion on Vimeo. Speaking of Cinema 4D and eye candy, here’s a lovely set of etudes on the sphere, a compelling example of the many ways one can approach a modeling problem. Remarkably, the whole project was just a student project, but quickly ascended to popularity among the discerning eyeballs of the Vimeo community. It could be worth a visit any time your imagination is a bit stuck on doing something differently. Spanish artist Ion Lucin describes the work thusly:

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Cinema 4D, Now Free for Students; Eye Candy, Ho!

TRIā–²NGLE from Onur Senturk on Vimeo. While various powerful options are available, Cinema 4D has become a go-to tool for three-dimensional motion graphics, including those looking for a factory to produce slick visuals for live performance. Now, that power is free for students. (free as in beer – something I hear students also use for its powerful features) The good news: if you’re a student, you get a shot at grabbing the full software completely free. It’s a full-featured version, containing everything but network rendering. The bad news: that’s “students,” not teachers. (Continuing Ed, anyone?) “Selected countries” get the offer; …

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Digital Addiction, Electronic Fetish, and Paola Rocchetti [Animation of the Week]

In “Addictions,” screens explode with glitchy, vibrating textures and faces become deconstructed masses, propped up in fetish-like guises and interlaced movement. We’re witnessing the work of Paola Rocchetti, who sends over examples and showreels that easily qualify as this week’s animated inspiration. Her work extends from motion and animation into the more traditional realms of makeup, hair, and styling – essential elements into remaking the faces and corporeal material that makes up her visual aesthetic. (It’s significant that she also works with wigs.) First, at top, “Addictions,” directed by Giovanni Bucci; Paola Rocchetti contributed animation, styling, and makeup. More info:

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