Simon’s Cat

I knew this would happen at some point. I never had a cat, or a dog for that matter and I don’t plan to have one in the near future for various reasons, despite (or maybe due to) the fact that I love animals . Nonetheless, this simple animation series is hilarious even for me, very true to it’s form and it deserves a mention. This is only an example of what that poor man goes through in order to have a cat in his life.

Father and Daughter

Ok this is definetly a classic as far as short animations go. I’m not going to comment on the visual part or the motion since it speaks for itself in it’s lyrical beauty. I loved the story even though it saddens me to no end. It has a very melancholic atmosphere to it, which is essential since much of the story has to do with the fact that people will always look back to their childhoods and all the things that remind them of it with a nostalgic eye and with a need to keep a link with that part of their lives. According to many, our childhood defines us for the rest of our lives.But the most important thing, in the way I saw it at least, is the need to find again what is lost to us, human’s almost biological need to connect with the dead, with those that passed on, especially with a beloved person, a beloved father.

Directed by Michaël Dudok De Wit
Produced by Claire Jennings, Willem Thijssen
Written by Michaël Dudok De Wit
Music by Normand Roger, Denis L. Chartrand
Release date(s) 2000
Country United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands

Father and Daughter is a 2000 Dutch animated short film, made by Michaël Dudok De Wit. It won the 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
The film also received over 20 awards and 1 nomination and is considered the most successful in the series of works by Michaël..

The Pixar Theory

This was very interesting to read, whether you believe it or not, so I decided to share, enjoy!

Jon Negroni

pixar theory

Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.

Before we go further, I should let you know that The Pixar Theory is now a published book. Since writing this blog post in 2013, I’ve been working on completing the unified theory in what I hope you find to be a compelling and even more persuasive essay. Or not. It’s cool either way.

You can check out the book here. Or keep reading below to read the original theory. Just keep in mind that a lot of what you’re about to read has been vastly improved over the last few years.

Back to the theory!

In 2012, I watched a video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call The Pixar Theory

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Oktapodi

As reqested by my sweetest friend who likes this, Oktapodi is posted here. I must say I myself reeeally like this, it is a very sweet short animation, with a funny storyline and excelent movement. It also shows a beautiful part of Greece with great precision. Enjoy!

Z

http://vimeo.com/41287940

So a professor from my class showed us this video as an example of different kinds of esthetics. Ok, basically, he showed us how you can achieve different results by productively using the computer (and mainly your brains, experience, creativity, talent and knowledge but you know what I mean) and yes it is true, it is awesome and it makes me feel as big as half a dot.

So, to the video itself, well, to me, it’s obviously amazing and brilliant. With excellent esthetics, music and animation.

The story is about how our civilization affects the whole world and everything in it and tries to show us that we don’t see far enough, in the future or in the world around us, maybe in our current state of existence. We don’t truly realise what we do, to ourselves even.
We will be dead and buried and all those things that seemed important will have no more meaning. All those things we created will still stand empty. Gun machines and tall buildings filled with nothing. An endless parade of death carved in gray stones. Or at least that’s what I got from it and the description.

I love the little detail in the end, where the letters are set in a way as to remind us of an eye examination. Seems like we need it

From the video’s description:

Currently showing at Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City as part of ‘Empty Distances’, a group show by Caryn Coleman.

Directed and Animated by Alan Warburton.
Commissioned by Animate Projects for Channel 4’s Random Acts series.
Soundtrack by Max Richter.

‘Z’ is composed entirely of z-depth images – also known as ‘luminance depth’ or ‘depth map’ images. Z-depth is a ghostly black & white data-driven format native only to CG animation. The function of the z-depth image is similar to radar or the MRI scan. It interprets objects within a scene according to distance: those closest to camera are black, those furthest away are white (or vice versa). Details are lost at either end of the spectrum, and are likewise revealed within the middle distance. Functionally, this allows CGI artists to pull camera focus in post-production by using the monochromatic shades in the z-depth pass to isolate and focus on the corresponding depths of the full-colour CG scene.

The ‘selective vision’ embodied by the Z-depth image format has informed the theme of the animation – the production of historical narrative. Z is about how we make sense of the clutter of current events, how we create epochs, and how, in an era of intense global change, we are affected by a kind of longterm myopia that obscures us to the larger forces at work.

Full Credits:
Directed and Animated by Alan Warburton.
Commissioned by Animate Projects for Channel 4’s Random Acts series.
Soundtrack ‘Iconography’ by Max Richter, courtesy of Fat Cat Records.
Title Card by I Love New Work.
Special thanks to Mainframe.