Posted April 6, 2015
The revelatory HBO Documentary Film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuted on the network to a record audience number on Sunday March 29, offers a rare glimpse behind the veil at the Church of Scientology. Before the curtain was lifted, New York-based VFX studio Artjail was enlisted by lauded documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney and Jigsaw Productions to help visualize the overall look he had in mind for his film.
Artjail was involved in working on many important aspects of the documentary. In particular, the studio designed the film’s important and impactful opening sequence (above), which drew viewers right into the mysterious inner world of of Scientology by depicting its peculiar “auditing” process. Artjail shot live-action footage and created the type design for the sequence
Using stock footage, CG and 2D elements, Artjail also created the animations for the film’s “Myth of Creation” sequence (below), which is narrated by L. Ron Hubbard himself. The animated footage is layered, creating a surreal and bizarre set of images that serve as a visual interpretation of Hubbard’s strange, sci-fi explanation for how the world was created.
Posted March 30, 2015
Odd, and oddly catchy, here’s a music video for Traffic Signs & Jake The Rapper’s “Cookie Jar,” directed by Ben&Julia (you should follow them on Instagram).
Scooped from Stash.
Posted March 5, 2015
Netherlands-based animation, illustration and design studio Job, Joris & Marieke created a 100-frame short loop animation and then created a 3D printed installation out of it, frame by frame.
The whole animation is made in CGI, and they used a 3D printer to print each frame. The result a string of characters in different poses, which explains the principles of animation beautifully, without a single bit actually moving.
The installation was created for MOVE ON…! in Kunsthal KAdE, where it can be seen until May 10th.
Posted January 5, 2015
The first day back after a long holiday sucks. Long holidays are awesome though.
I’m slowing easing into 2015 with Husky’s new video for their latest single “Saint Joan.”
The video is directed and illustrated by Lucinda Schreiber, who was kind enough to send it my way. Schreiber also directed and animated the great live visuals for Gotye’s “Smoke & Mirrors” – posted below – my fav song from the album. Good stuff.
Posted December 9, 2014
Ketel One Vodka’s original copper pot still, “Distilleerketel No. 1,” is the Dutch distillery’s namesake but it’s also the heart and soul of a family-run business that’s been in continuous operation for over three centuries. So when Diageo approached The Juggernaut about producing a standout spot for their top-selling vodka, they knew right away that Distilleerketel No. 1 would be key to bringing the brand’s story to life.
Much of that story is right there on the bottle: family owned and operated for over ten generations, Ketel One vodka is crafted from small batches in the picturesque city of Schiedam, Holland. The Juggernaunt wanted to showcase Ketel One’s historic roots but also emphasize its modern approach to its craft (the distillery was founded in 1691 but didn’t start making vodka until 1983) something they did narratively but also stylistically, by combining drones, lasers and letterpress with classic and 3D animation.
Posted December 4, 2014
Indie creative studios Analog and Artjail forge transatlantic VFX alliance
London-based Analog and New York-based Artjail have teamed up to offer brands and creative agencies each other’s specialized live-action VFX, 3D animation and finishing services. The alliance will make Artjail’s Artists, who specialize in high-end compositing, CG work and finishing for live action, available to Analog’s British clients; and Analog’s photo-realistic 3D visual effects services available to Artjail’s clients in the U.S. market.
Both companies specialize in creating arresting visuals to help tell stories for major brands. Working together, the creative studios will now have greater bandwidth, push each other creatively and technically, and have an expanded brand presence.
Posted November 11, 2014
Toronto-based Crush, Notch, AXYZ and Lollipop have come together, combining their creative skill and craftsmanship to forge a new identity.
Meet Smith, a shop that proves that four core competencies are better than one, comprising AXYZ’s VFX and animation wizardry, Notch’s colour grading artistry, Crush’s wide-ranging creative exploration and Lollipop’s diverse digital capabilities.
Smith has a huge range of talent ranging from some of the top people in the industry to a wide variety of up and coming artists and producers. Smith’s a production/post/digital shop that’s better, faster, stronger and more relevant to today’s industry. View their montage reel above.
Want to get a look inside Smith? Well, tune into the SadieCam (a French Bulldog armed with a GoPro) tomorrow from 12pm-2pm (Eastern). Sadie will be giving virtual visitors a look at Smith and its talented team of Smithites.
Posted October 31, 2014
The beloved Dumb Ways to Die is back with two Halloween-themed spots – it uses an annotation, so be sure to replay to watch both the “Trick” and the “Treat.” Agency is McCann Melbourne.
Posted October 16, 2014
Ah, isn’t this sweet – a cat fishing, a crow dancing. Um…wait. Enter the earthworm and things start to go terribly wrong. In the most delightfully animated way.
“Earthworm Heart” is the latest music video for the Tom Fun Orchestra, directed by Alasdair + Jock of Trunk.
Found via Little Black Book where there’s more info.
Posted April 30, 2014
LA-based LOOKEFFECTS breaks down their work on Wes Anderson’s latest film, Grand Budapest Hotel (so good).