Friday, 2 January 2009

Happy New Year 2009

Happy new Year for 2009. I do enjoy a good video, and would like to share with you some of my favorites.


Stop Frame Animation


I've always enjoyed stop frame animation, from Trumpton and Morph, when I was young, to Wallace an Grommit today. There are loads of great stop-frame animations on Youtube - here are a few of my favorites:

A few years ago, a Japanese student did a stop-frame video where she took a picture of herself every day for a year, then animated it into a short video. Very clever, but a bit monotonous. Olde English, a New York based comedy group did their version:



Another of my favorites has to be Tony vs Paul, produced in 2006 by Paul Cummings & Tony Fiandaca of FreePosterFilms.



Music

Mark Barker has a fun tribute to Klaus Nomi. Mark has a very practical way of going about things. I asked him what video editing software he used to get the text in the video to move about so fluidly - he answered "None - I just write the words on a bit of paper, and wobbled the camera about a bit":



Animusic have lots of great videos, but I paticularly like Pipe Dream:



Good vs Wiivil

Nintendo had a competition to find the best video that showed off their Wii. The winner by a long way was Good vs Wiivil. It's a video which has everything - Clever concept and animation; Comedy; and even a gunfight - what more would you want in a video (look out for the blind guy right at the end!):

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