8 Bits – Short Animated Films – www.DRDOCUMENTARY.com (Sundance 2011) [HD]

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A fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high-def boss, in a retro-gaming world.

Programmer’s Note: Assaulting the senses with dazzling visual imagery and gloriously over-the-top action, this high-octane animated adventure plays with classic video-game archetypes while simultaneously concocting its own fully rendered environment. Collectively directed by Valere Amirault, Sarah Laufer, Jean Delaunay, and Benjamin Mattern, the film displays the considerable talents of all four artists in developing an atmospheric anomaly of stylistic bravado that fashions a fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high-def boss in a retrogaming world. Much appreciated for the painstaking hard work involved as well as the fast-paced clarity of the result, “8BITS” is a welcome shot in the arm for any program. We invite you to learn more about the work of these collaborators at http://www.8bitsmovie.com/.
Video Rating: / 5

Beard Snatchers, 1954 (Early development build)

A short screen capture of the Flash based 1-Bit PixelBeard game ‘Beard Snatchers, 1954.’

Lots of features still to implement – this build was mainly testing the beam’s functionality and the associated pixel animations.

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Cast: willfaulds

Tags: PixelBeard, pixel art, 1 bit, pixels, videogame, game, animation, flash and indie

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Bell | WWE Assembly Line

It has been suggested that professional wrestlers may not make the best employees, even if they’re building branded product to sell to fans.*

*I’m guessing the WWE branded cell phones are not actually packaged by Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Cast: Nathaniel Akin and Global Mechanic

Tags: wwe, pixel, animation, bell, ad, factory, steve austin, trish stratus and rey mysterio

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THE SIMPSONS | LA-Z Rider Couch Gag from Guest Animator Steve Cutts | ANIMATION on FOX

Enjoy this week’s retro couch gag.

Guest Animator: Steve Cutts

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Rabid Retrospect Pixel Art Animation Behind The Scenes by PXLFLX

A short behind the scenes look at a short pixel art animation I made for Rabid Retrospect Games. Like, share, and subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=PXLFLX

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The Approximate Present

My graduation project at the University of the Arts Bremen in 2014.

A short animated film about the weather – inspired and informed by chaos theory and Lorenz attractors, romantic landscape paintings and the minimalist polygonal look of early computer simulations.

Music: Origamibiro – Flicker (origamibiro.com)
Watching in fullscreen is recommended!

From inception to completion, making “The Approximate Present” took me about one and a half months of full-time work.

The idea that emerged from the premise to make an animated short about the weather was rather simple: using the basic notion of chaos theory (the slightest variation in initial conditions will eventually lead to an unpredictably different outcome) as a narrative structure.

For the film’s look, I knew from the outset that I wanted it to be stylized, minimal and solid (for lack of a better term), somewhat reminiscent of early flight simulators. At the same time, I strived to convey a certain sense of place and emotion, drawing inspiration from my own experiences of various weather phenomena. The way different weather conditions can completely change the appearance and mood of a landscape has always held great fascination for me – a fascination I tried to express through the film’s images as good as I could. That’s why I spent a lot of time on the lighting, colors and post-processing. For reference, I looked at romantic paintings of landscapes and dramatic, overly saturated skies and clouds, for instance those of british painter William Turner.

Finding the right music to go with the images I envisioned was another important part of making “The Approximate Present”. After listening to what must have been hundreds of tracks, I came upon “Flicker” by Origamibiro (which they generously share on freemusicarchive.org). I immediately knew I had found the right track. Besides being a simply beautiful piece, I think it matches, or even mirrors the film’s structure really well.

For modeling and animating, I used Cinema 4D, and After Effects for additional animation, editing, color grading and post-processing. A bit of Processing was also involved in the visualization of the Lorenz attractors – the butterfly-shaped lines.

Cast: Filippo Baraccani

Tags: weather, animation, 3d, edward lorenz, lorenz attractor, butterfly effect, stylized, short film, consequences, atmospheric, rain, snow, sun, wind, storm, initial conditions, chaos theory, animated and low poly

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Alfred Remote – control your Mac with an iPad or iPhone

At it’s most basic Alfred is an Mac app that replaces spotlight for search on OSX, but it does much more than that.  You can create hotkey controlled workflows or manage clipboard snippets.  If you add the powerpack you get even more functionality, but for me so far just the basic functions are plenty.

I noticed when I upgraded to Yosemite, spotlight is suddenly dog-slow. I’m not sure if that’s something specific to my system but its certainly interrupts my normal workflow, which is to use the search window to launch apps as well as find files.

Switching over to Alfred the speed difference was immediately noticeable. Like bicycle to rocket noticeable.

So now I use Alfred as my system search and as an app launcher, which brings us to Alfred Remote. This is an iOS app that acts as a control panel / command centre for your Mac. You can use an iPad or iPhone as an extra desktop control and set up shortcuts to all your apps and system settings.

The layout is simple yet flexible, allowing you to build panels for all sorts of controls and simply swipe through them. While Alfred Remote has not yet ranked as a necessity in my workflow, there are times when it’s very useful.

The basic Alfred app for Mac is free, but the iOS remote app will cost you about $ 5 bucks.

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