SIGGRAPH 2013 is coming to Anaheim, CA on July 21st through the 25th, and they have released their Dailies preview for this year. The Dailies are roughly 90 minutes of computer generated animations by both new and returning artists, each of whom gets to show two minutes of video and say a little something about their project. There is some truly amazing work on display, as you can tell from the preview. For those of you who haven’t been on the internet since the beginning, SIGGRAPH stands for Special Interest Group, Graphics, and they have been the cutting edge of computer animations since 1983.
This is the Senior Thesis film produced at Ringling College of Art and Design by Dylan Vanwormer and Logan Scelina. Yes, it is a bit silly, but where animation is concerned that is often the point. These kind of things inspire me to plug away at my own animation projects, even though mine never seem to look this good.
A Vimeo Staff Pick, this animation about what horror movie serial killers do on their day of is a hoot. Built by Kristjan Lyngmo with a bit of attitude and style, it will hopefully inspire budding animators to give their own pet projects a shot. Thanks to io9 and a dozen others (but they got there first) for the heads up on this one.
This tasty little video was created by Alyse Miller and Phillip SimonWhile they were attending the Ringling College of Art and Design working in the Computer Animation Program. It’s nice to know there continue to be original ideas constantly popping up in the independent animation field, and some talented people to execute them.
Creating animations using buildings as your canvas… I had to say it right up front, because no matter how I worded the title of this post, it never actually meant what it really is, even though it may have accurately said it. As a person who created his very first animations by drawing pictures in the upper right corner of every fourth grade textbook page I was forced to use, and then flipped through them to see them actually move, these artists have my respect. They do a complete base painting on some large real world object, such as a building or vehicle, and take a picture. Then they change one or more parts of the painting, and take a picture. Then they change something else, and take a picture. Hundreds or sometimes thousands of pictures later, they have a video which can then be save as an animated GIF. When your canvas might be 30 foot tall by 50 foot wide or greater, this can turn into a time consuming process, to say the least. Even so, some amazing work has been done in this field, and more is being created every month. The original article telling us about this is courtesy of the Huffington Post, as many of the more unusual projects are.
This tasty little animation was inspired by Charles Bukowski’s Bluebird poem. Created by Sidewalk Gazer, who is looking for someone to do a music video project with it. The creativity of some people is amazing, and thanks to Zouch for the heads up on this one.