Food Fight by Stefan Nadelman

I’ve seen Stefan’s work in miscellaneous places, but Food Fight takes the cake. BoingBoing’s version of Food Fight adds some subtitles to identify the events being portrayed (for those of us that need to brush up on our history). After watching Food Fight, I immediately sought out some of his other work and was happy to come across his website Tourist Pictures. At the very least, take a look at his 2007 Reel to see some samples of his other work and to get a good feel for his style of motion graphics. It looks great and he can convey some pretty complex ideas with minimal work (at least compared to 3D). If I had a “Where Words Fail Us” award, he’d get one.

I Met the Walrus

I Met the Walrus is a wonderfully animated interview with John Lennon. When Jerry Livitan was 14 years old, he tracked down Lennon and interviewed him in his Toronto hotel room, almost 40 years ago.

Youtube also has a high quality version.

Paint Over Critiques w/ Steven Stahlberg

Animated gif

Steven Stahlberg’s paintover thread on CGTalk. Tons of pages here for me to checkout yet. Comparisons are definitely teaching me a trick or two about lighting. He’s really making the characters pop out.

Starting on page 11, he started using animated GIFs in order to more clearly show the before and after shots.

Plastic Animation Paper

Finally gave Plastic Animation Paper a try and HOT DAMN is it fun and simple to use. The free version functional enough to have fun with although it doesn’t include the blue sketch pencil or the ability to import sound. I hear that the application runs in 8 bit mode, which is probably why sketching runs so smoothly. Also, no prerendering is neccessary to view your animations. Currently I’m using it for my gesture sketches. I have a slideshow running in ACDSee and I sketch in PAP. I just tap a single key for a new cell, every time a new pose pops up. A home version of the gesture sketches often done in life drawing classes. Haven’t tried this on a single monitor setup yet.

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