Posts tagged “animation

Paper animation about Alzheimer

Post by Meltem Akturk

Suus Hessling made this stop motion video about Alzheimer’s disease for her graduation at the School of Arts in Utrecht, Netherlands.

It’s a really good paper animation, great details on her models. Very appropriate technique and materials selected to tell the story. This makes it so much easier to understand the context in comparison to text.

Nanomaterials from the Nanofactory

Post by iSiZ

Nanotechnology, also called nanotech, refers to the construction of materials from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products.


Nanotech is a technology that manipulates atoms and molecules for fabrication on macroscale products. The world of the very small! Watch how a nanofactory may look like in this animation.


Nanotechnology may be able to create many new materials and devices in medicine, electronics, biomaterials and energy production. However scepticists, as always is the case of new technologies, worry about the environmental impact of nanomaterials and their potential effects on global economics, as well as doomsday scenarios.

I’m not so much a scepticist. I can’t wait until I get hold of my first nanoelectronic videocamera or quantum computer. It will open up so much more creative production possibilities. I just hope I don’t get lost in the endless possibilities that a quantum computer will probably show me.

Watch this 10 minute short documentary explaining nanotechnology. Paul Alivisators, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, explains us: ‘These advances are key to achieving health and achieving sustainable energy technology. The big issues of our world today. I think every member of the public has an obligation to learn a little bit about these things so they can participate in that debate in a meaningful way.”

Atoms have to be organized hexagonally

Post by iSiZ

Watch this very original video, not because of the images you see, but because of the way it was made. Filmmakers, programmers and scientists have collaborated to create a Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest stop-motion film. A movie made with atoms. A movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times.

You can watch the making of right under this link.

The Lovers

Post by iSiZ

The music video for singer Carla Bruni’s song L’Amoureuse has a playfull ambiance. Perhaps like lovers are in their period of joyfulness.

The music video is, what we call, 2.5D animation. Pictures are made spacial in post production. The many pictures of clouds in the video gives a sense of freedom. The drawing animation that arises within the pictures makes it playfull. I think the video has achieved an appropriate sunday morning feeling, when it is still a surprise what the day will bring.

‘Walking’ by Ryan Larkin

Post by Paulien

Animator Ryan Larkin was a great observer.
With different techniques he illustrates a variety of people walking,
capturing their characters, all having their own unique movement.
Something we all do without thinking: just walking around.

Ryan Larkin (1943 – 2007) was a Canadian animator, artist, and
sculptor who rose to fame with his psychedelic Oscar-nominated short
Walking (1968) and ironically years later became the subject of the
Oscar-winning film Ryan.

Watch the film here:

Still drawing

Post by iSiZ

This month I joined the Zen Drawing Challenge. The challenge is about spending 15 minutes drawing everyday for a month.

Michelle Dujardin explains on her blog all about zen drawing:
‘Zen drawing refers to realistic drawing as a meditation technique. You use your eyes to achieve a meditative state, just by changing the way you look. When you try to concentrate fully on seeing, you will notice that you become more silent. You start to see without any projections of the mind. It feels like you become one with the subject.’

This technique reminded me of a very beautiful animation I saw years ago of Linde Faas. One of the prices the animation won was in 2008 at the Holland Animation Film Festival, it became first in the student competition. Not only does the style of the animation ‘According to birds’ remind me of the zen drawing technique. It also shows the patients and the open view the animator must have had while observing these birds.

Technology brings drawing back to computer animation

Post by iSiZ

The animated short film Paperman is already winning prizes and is on the nomination list for Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars this year. What’s so special about this 2012 production? The film is a combinations of traditional hand-drawn animation with computer animation.

I think this is an example of how technology can be used to combine our talents, like drawing, with computer animation. Mixing 2D drawings with 3D modeled environments. Another example of technology and it’s endless possibilities.

Check out what director John Kahrs inspired to make this film:


Paperman is a black-and-white animation by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Watch the full 6,5 minute short here: