Archive for the ‘inspirational’ Category

Water Sculpture

Just a little bit of awesome to start your day.

UPDATE: Dangit, I forgot vimeo and wordpress don’t like eachother so much…Sorry, you are just going to have to click the link and trust me its worth it!

Water Sculpture video on Vimeo.

Water sculpture by Shinichi Maruyama.

{via boingboing}

Nothing is original

I love this quote.

Shibori: Japanese tie-dying

When I saw this post from Honestly…WTF, all I could think was how much I want to try this RIGHT NOW.

All of these fabrics were dyed using different styles of Shibori. Shibori is the Japanese term for dyeing cloth using a variety of binding, folding, twisting, etc. techniques.  I LOVED tie-dying when I was a kid.  It always seemed like the quintessential summer camp activity.  I had quite the collection of tie-dyed shirts for a while.  But, as kids tend to, I grew out of them (emotionally AND physically).  I’ve always had a love for fabric and good patterns and to me, this looks like tie-dying’s older, classier, sexier sister.  Perfect! I can’t wait to try this out for myself!

Objects in motion

For Day 4 of stop-motion animation week, I’d like to share some films that used a wide variety of interesting objects to animate with.  Watching these films I am always amazed at how simple the elements used to create them were.  There are few things in any of these that would take a serious commitment of money to make.  I love seeing that sort of ingenuity.  And it reflects something I think more teachers should be impressing on their students: you don’t have to have a lot of money or fancy equipment to make something really excellent.  Mostly it is time and perseverance over anything else that make an artist (or anyone else for that matter) successful.

The first film comes to us from PESfilm.  [side note: I tried to find out more about the film maker himself, but I came up totally empty other than that he is a he. Strange]  I could try to describe this first, but it is better if you just see it:

Not surprisingly, this film has gained is author much acclaim and he has gone on to direct commercials for companies like Coinstar and Smirnoff .  And it is all relatively simple.  All it took was him noticing that rubber bands and pick-up sticks sort of look like spaghetti in its cooked and uncooked state.  Awesome.  He also has made one about fireworks that I love and you should watch that one too.

This next one is all done with post-it notes:

Talk about an awesomely economical solution to animation.  I would say at the very most, he spent $20 on post-its.  And the rest is just a blank wall, a camera, and time.

This next one is all done with dice and is the music video to Fujiya & Miyagi‘s song Ankle Injuries.

That must have taken a lot of patience to do.  Simple, beautiful, totally effective.

This final one is all done with illustrations on t-shirts by two guys called Rhett and Link.

They also have a making of video that is really entertaining and shows how they managed to get everything to line up.  Like PES, this video has done some great things for their career.  They went on to make another commercial for Coke and McDonalds based on this t-shirt war idea.  That is big time awesome from something they were just messing around with.

Guy walks across America

It’s Day 3 of stop-motion animation week.  And today I want to share this amazing piece with you all.  First, the film, then the reasons it is so awesome:

Now that you have seen what I’m talking about here is why it is even cooler.  They ACTUALLY DID IT.  What I mean is that a group of guys actually got in an RV and actually drove across the US to take all those photos of the actor in all those places. For reals. They could have just filmed the guy walking on a blue screen and then added in the background later.  But they didn’t.  THEY ACTUALLY DROVE CROSS COUNTRY to do this.  And that just makes me happy.

Here is another short film about how they did what they did:

Time Lapse + Stop Motion = AWESOME.

Stop Motion Animation

I love love love stop motion animation.  I’ve played with it for years, I’ve taught it to elementary and middle school kids and the more I do it, the more I love it.  I especially love seeing what other artists are doing with the medium.  Here is a new favorite and a few classics.

This film uses a moving, layered approach to stop motion that I find absolutely captivating.  It also makes me a little emotional.  The older I get, the more aware I am of how quickly time passes.  And to see it all sped up like this, well, gosh. Its a bit overwhelming. But sentimentality aside, this film really is a little piece of brilliance.

A lot of the techniques used in the previous film have been experimented with for years.  Here is an earlier work in a similar vein done entirely with polaroids.

And finally, this is one of my all time favorites. This is the music video for Oren Lavie’s song Her Morning Elegance. I love the whimsy and the very happy/sad quality of the whole thing.

My favorites list on youtube contains lots and lots of stop motion animation. I’m thinking I might have to make a stop motion animation week to share all of my favorites with you, dear readers.  Sound good?