When I consider my life experience, I have to appreciate that I was born at a most advantageous time. I am not going to wax philosophical here about economic outlooks, moral changes or political shifts. What I am referring to is the plethora of creative inventions/options that have been brought forth during my lifetime. There are more ways for people to express their creativity than ever before.
The first movies I saw as a child were not even in movie theaters. They were in an open field on temporary benches broadcast on a makeshift screen. If it rained, no movie. In some cases the movies weren’t even black and white. They were sepia toned. One film was blue and white; now that was weird!
Today’s creators have so much power under their control and with the burgeoning field of computer-generated imagery (CGI) rolling full speed ahead, the consumers of entertainment have much to anticipate and should be excited.
Let’s not forget, however, some of the mesmerizing effects of legacy processes like the Phenakistoscope, Zoetrope, the flip book, etc. In their day, they were entertainment.
In the video below, L’illusion de Joseph, Pask D’Amico creates a most mesmerizing piece of entertainment based on a modernization of old school techniques. I found these particularly alluring, but I have to confess, I am also a sucker for Kaleidoscopes, which may seem like a non sequitur, but watch the short film and you will get what I mean. You are going to like this; I can almost guarantee it!
Oh, did I say that the music is captivating too?
L'illusion de Joseph from Mr.Klesha animation on Vimeo.
“A solitary dish washing robot living out his life in the back room of a restaurant is enlightened to the world that exists beyond his four walls, with the help of a small friend he breaks free of confinement to pursue his dream of exploration”
Hum from Tom Teller on Vimeo.
I enjoy watching creative videos and the video below is certainly very. very creative. I will include the notes from the website below, but what I find most exhilarating is the skill with which it was constructed.
This was apparently a student assignment and it looks like such a finished and polished project. The animation is superb, the story line is good-cute and it should be a lesson to anyone that they can do what they set out to accomplish if they just stick with it long enough.
I am not the only person to find this quite an achievement as this short video has earned numerous awards and recognition.
From the Vimeo website:
Hum was the film we created for our junior year advanced production class in 2015 while attending Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The film was created over one semester (February 2015 – May 2015) with a budget of $2000. We hope you enjoy the film and are compelled to share it with your friends and family, you are what motivates to continue telling stories.
This animation project done several years ago captures the true spirit of why photography and taking pictures is so important. They may be called snapshots, photographs, pictures, selfies or pics, but they serve a very important role in the lives of many. I think you will appreciate this even more after watching this short animation.
Photographs from B.Ki.Animation on Vimeo.
Our undergraduate animation thesis film, made at Loyola Marymount University in LA.
By Brendan Clogher and Christina “Kiki” Manrique