Motion Plus Design Paris 2018

Titles created by Niels Prayer
Character animation by Quentin Laville
Visuals & Music by Niels Prayer

Hendrick’s Gin, Escape

Great animation from Tulip’s and Chimney’s, taking something painfully ordinary like a commute to work, and giving it that extraordinary Hendricks sense of wonder.

Jack Cornwell

This video is part of a series of three pieces designed to raise awareness and engage with the audiences ahead of the WWI Centenary celebrations.
Client: MOD, Produced for BFBS TV (2016)

A Good Run

A personal project from Niklas Arthurson outlining his year.

Change Makers

Commissioned by the Dutch NGO RNW Media, Change Makers is an animation film about those young women and men who live in fragile or repressive states, usually going through civil unrest and conflict.
These young people often represent the majority of their countrys population, yet they’re ignored and denied crucial information and services.

Remember Its Waterproof – Dont Assume

One of 6 short films by Slurpy Studios for RIW (Remember It’s Waterproof).

Each film was created to explore a common mistake in the waterproofing process, and to show architects and builders the potential consequences of not doing it properly. They are a funny and tongue in cheek way of talking about quite a serious and technical problem.

They are designed in a 1950’s ‘UPA’ style, with strong character profiles, no straight lines and a carefully designed colour palette. The animation is fun and cartoony, with ‘rubber-hose’ limbs.

Hot House

Working closely with Hot House and Duncan Elms, Robert Grieves designed and animated this exciting animated journey, showcasing what Sydney’s top online marketing agency can offer, mixing a vintage aesthetic into an info graphics environment.

Rooms

A great short film by Andrew D. Zimbelman
Based on the poem by Billy Collins.

Vans: 50th Anniversary

Paper cutouts, hand-drawn animation and 3D boxes all in a stop-frame slower frame rate, combine seamlessly for this black and white promotion for 50 years of Vans shoes.

Unsatisfying

Parallel Studio set off an animation challenge to create the most annoying, disappointing and unsatisfying short segments. A nice use of gradients, texture and two-tone lighting add a modern twist to simple flat animations.

Nautilus

An inspiring piece of animation for anyone interested in a career in astrophysics. The story behind France A. Cordova’s big break into a world normally populated by men. Produced by ‘Not to Scale and directed by Colin Hesterly.

The Somme Centenary

Very interesting and poignant sequence on BBC screens. The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: The Vigil Trailer – BBC Two

Creatives TBC

Ayrton Senna Institute

A brilliantly animated tale of F1 driver Senna, from Sao Paulo studio Le Cube. The film is meant as a piece of encouragement for fellow Brazillian athletes competing in this years Olympics.

Charles X – Can You Do it

A mix of 2D and 3D animation in this stylish music video. Animation by Brunch & amazing Cinematography.

The New Old World

Not so keen on the CGI steam-punk book opening, but the photo manipulation using a camera mapping technique on 3D surfaces by Alexey Zakharov is interesting. More of a breakdown can be found on his behance page here.

Lumbre

Well that’s one way to get noticed. This Argentinian branding & entertainment studio seems to have a lot to shout about.

Tour de France

Not to Scale, New York produced these tasty idents for Skoda’s sponsorship of the race. Directed by Colin Hesterly

California Inspires Me: Rashida Jones

Nexus animator Jacking Cunningham animates the story of Rashida Jones, the actress growing up in California. The film uses flat, front, also isometric angle animation with simple pencil lines and block sun-tinted colours.

Fears

Nata Metlukh creates a hand-drawn short, morphing through different perspectives in colourful city environments.

 

Kinder Chocolate

Passion Pictures works with the popular children’s book illustrator Oliver Jeffers to create animated advert’s for Kinder Bueno. A charming style with naive text recreate the excellence found in his stories.

White Out

Hand drawn, inked and painted frame-by-frame, there is no digital cheating here. Over 2000 rotoscoped paintings on a variety of paper surfaces make Jeff Sher’s winter animation.

Like Autumn Leaves

Assaf Benharroch illustrates a painterly animated piece, with an imaginative use of lighting and painterly textures.

 

Martini Racing

Using flat colours to create a mix of 3D and 2D with transitions separating it out from a crowded genre of similar films. Screen print texture added to give it that old racing poster feel too.

British Library – What is Magna Carta?

First film of two commissioned by the British Library, and narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this small animation investigates how the document came to be under the rule of Bad King John. Animated by Gergely Wootsch.

 

A Good Wife

Interesting tale with limited animation but with great visuals and lighting directed by W. Scott Forbes.

Going the Distance

Map title sequence, simple idea nicely executed in a fun, crafted way by Imaginary Forces.

Canada’s Water Health

WWF Canada and The Public Assembly, address the subject of clean water in Canada. Directed and designed by Hector Herrera.

A great montage of victorian illustration, watercolour textures and vector elements.

True Detectice titles

Antibody created the main title sequence for HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series True Detective. Working through our LA-based production partners, Elastic, and with compositing support from the talented crew at Breeder.

Beauty

Lots of rotoscoping, puppet-pinning, distortions and lots of other clever time-consuming tricks in this great piece of work from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro

Stuck in the Sound – Pursuit

Music video, using CGI and tracking to image map the singer’s face on to famous film clips.

Up Titles

Title design for Pixar’s Up by Janice Ahn. Colourful and playful with quantised colouring to give it a modern graphic feel.

The Scarecrow

The team behind the hugely successful Chipotle film (watch it here) are back with a new film in shiny CGI. All big budget stuff here.

National Geographic – 80’s

An 80’s themed ident, using painterly effects and smooth animation, give it modern reworking of an 80s style ident.

ParaNorman

A subtle mix of 3D into the retro spooky styling by using painted textures on the 3D models. The look is spooky with an old film feel.

Down with Love

Retro style graphics in a 2D graphic style contributes a swinging soundtrack. A fifties style animation similar to Catch Me if You Can.

CHERIE 25 Habillage

A great hybrid of traditional animation and live action from ‘Les Telecreateurs design’. One can only imagine that this was quite a complex piece of work to composite as successfully as this.

ABC of Architects

Very much has the feeling of an old 50’s animation. Concept and Animation: Andrea Stinga, Federico Gonzalez.

The American Beer Revival

Solely text leads this short conveying facts about the American brewing industry. The nicely placed text and font choices manages to keep the interest.

To this day

To This Day is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual. Animators and motion artists brought their unique styles to 20 second segments that will thread into one fluid voice.

Cutty Sark returns

Really well captured insight into the Greenwich community and the return of the Cutty Sark after it has been restored after the fire which almost destroyed it some years ago. Apparently the work is from Armoury London and the compositing was done by Rogue Collie in Wales.

Disney Recycling

Disney Recycle

A charming film by Grant Orchard using papier mache and lo-fi props to make this hand-made cardboard video on recycling.

A History of the title sequence

A nicely shot and animated homage to the individuals who have produced landmark titles for features in the past.

Historia branding

Idents and branding for the French History channel. Very subtle but with some very nice clever features to it, especially with the show times towards the end.

Iron Man: End Titles

Mixing hi-tech juxtaposed with an old film effect gives a interesting outcome.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Animation for the opening of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang starring Robert Downey Jnr. The titles use simple mattes and strokes to create an old painted effect, with more focus on the style rather than the animation.

X-Men: First Class

End titles for the film. Referencing early 1960’s title sequences as inspiration, simple shapes are used to graphically represent scientific data including DNA sequencing, mitosis, meiosis, and gene technology.

Royksopp – Remind Me

Another video looking like a 70s instructional manual, but nicely packaged and expertly done. I always like anything isometric.

Air Canada’s costume change

As far as i can make out most of this promo was achieved in camera with very little apparent past-production.

Cracker Barrel

Clever use of super-imposing and tracking for this advert. Using boxes to separate action and have elements interact between them in a rustic setting.

Nick and Norah’s Infinate Playlist

‘High School’ doodles animate in to provide a young naive feel to the hand-drawn titles.

Pentagram

“The Forty story” is a short film which documents the work of Pentagram. Its carried by a clever audio track to accompany their history of print.

Christmas Card

An animated sequence, made to look like paper origami stop-frame animation.

Jack Daniel’s Label Story

3D animation matted on to a flat black texture to give a 2D imprinted look Continue Reading →

Mischief PR

Mischief PR

Grange Hill meets PR company.

Check out the desk here.

Captain America

Title sequence using image mapping of 2D paintings on to 3D objects.

AT&T retinking possibilities

This is just a great, heart warming advert combining kids drawings by means of camera tracking and clever compositing.

Dustin Hoffman – Sky Atlantic

Just lovely simple advert with actor, one camera and the sunlight. Like the brashness of the jump cuts.

Honda Jazz

Playful surreal advert using 3D to follow a family’s journey through the sky and into the building of car.

My Best Friend Plank

Cartoon Network ident using retro stylings and parallax manipulation of photographs.

Juno

Mixing live action with rotoscoped animation and stop-frame to create a mixed media look.

MTV: P.O.V.

Old diagrams are animated in 2D and 3D to create a vintage looking title sequence with a graphic feel.

Blue Valentine

Title sequence using lights as a matte to reveal photography. Simple yet effective.

Herbst

Title sequence using minatures and macro lenses to create space with tiny figures.

The Borgias

Artistic title sequence mixing painting with live action and close-up.

Catch Me If You Can

Film title sequence using flat colouring with subtle 3D to create a retro graphic feel

Six Feet Under

Classic title sequence using live action footage placed carefully with credit typography

Rohm and Haas

Rohm and Haas – company history

You have a massive archive and a story to tell – this is one way to do it.

Link to this here.

True Blood titles

Classic Title sequence for True Blood. Using a mixture of archive and shot footage with a edgy heavily graded look. Thanks, Bolex.

Bored to Death title sequence

Titles for american sitcom using text from a book to animate the characters and type throughout.

Google Chrome – Features

Quirky videos using homemade machines to create technological solutions.

Kino

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Titles for an old BBC Knowledge slot on Non-English language cinema. Shot in and around London and projections were composited later.

BUCK 65 ‘Superstars Don’t Love’

Retro styled music video comprised of over 60 fictional movie title cards.

Unknown Warrior

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A very rough & ready ‘parallax sequence’ sequence mainly due to the fact that as this promo was not transmitted, the small source images came from ‘google’ but still it proves quite poignant.

American Voices

A title we shot some years ago in my house in Wandsworth doubling as a US government office in the 30’s. We used a boroscope lens which was about a foot in length attached to a DigiBeta camera to get in to see that dust.

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