In both filmmaking and photography, there seem to be two sides: those who believe these skills should be learned at school, and those who prefer online resources and self-teaching. Regarding this topic, Richard William Scott and Robert Carr from The Film Look created a video for all those questioning whether they should go to a film school or not, giving some useful guidelines and resources for both these groups.
I’m sure you’ll have heard the buzz about Plotagraph Pro by now. It’s a new web app in which you animate a photograph. It’s sweeping the photography world. Or, at least, it would be if it didn’t cost $300. And then $350 for each year after the first 12 months.
Photographer Diako Mardanbegi thought that there must be a better, and cheaper way. And in this video, he’s going to show us how it’s done. Diako devised a method for creating them in Photoshop and made several actions to simplify the process. The control isn’t quite the same as that which you’d get in Plotagraph Pro. With a little effort, though, I’m sure you could get some very impressive results.
Stop motion animation is hardly a new art, but the brand new advertisement PES created for Honda takes the art form to a new level. Instead of trying to deliver a smooth animation, the advert ‘breaks the fourth wall‘ and features the hands making the animation as part of the animation itself.
Have a look at the behind-the-scenes video below for some insight on the painstaking process involved and you’ll understand why making the final video took hundreds of hours.
Here is where dedication and rain-man-like memory of movies will get you.
The team at Ornana Films created this wonderful animation where a kid is faced with a reality where the shows that he likes becoming a reality. (at least that’s what we think is happening). The crazy twist – some of the animations are replaced with short cuts from 160 movies. (With no list available though, the movies just screams for a guess the movies game).
The movie brilliantly, and seamlessly shifts from Danny Madden’s animation to short film clips that are almost too fast to comprehend.
This two-minute animation, created by Simon Taylor, tells the story of two nature-loving photographers who happen to meet at the park while clicking away at a pigeon.
As you’d expect, they get together and probably live happily ever after.
In real life though they’d probably started arguing about which brand is best, whether or not a UV filter should be used and which mode is best for shooting pigeons.
Jokes aside, Taylor also shared an informative behind-the-scenes video.
Rather than uploading a set of still photos from his recent visit to New York City, Ynon Lan decided to try something a little different.
Basically he created a short video where each themed segment consists of individual photos captured in different locations, with different backgrounds and changing subjects.
While not groundbreaking, it’s a fun video to watch and one of the more interesting “photo albums” I’ve seen lately. The guys over at Vimeo agree where the video received 50k views in less than a week and was selected as a “Staff Pick”.
Have you ever seen a picture where you were so fascinated with it that you needed (NEEDED!) to understand how it was made? I have a confession to make, I like to browse the web and get my ideas and inspiration from unusual sites. Recently I came across some pictures that I am not sure how to describe, so I’ll just show one.
I looked at the picture and couldn’t stop thinking of how they made it. After 30 minutes of googling I found the name of the effect: it is called the ‘Droste effect’.
Today I am going to teach you about that effect and how to create it.
Fans of the cult classic internet cartoon, Homestar Runner were delighted to discover the creators have posted a new episode after having been on a long hiatus. The cartoon, known for its pure randomness and quirky flash animation, held true to its roots, this time with a hilarious rap video parody that pokes fun at over used fisheye shots.
The video is part “tutorial” with verses like “Put the camera on the ground and aim it up // make my kicks look huge and my crew look tough” and partially “behind the scenes” footage that will have you nodding and rapping along with the Strongbad posse…”Once you use the fisheye you just can’t stop // it used to be expensive, but then the price dropped.” [Read more…]