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.

Learn more here blog.pixelbeard.com/

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 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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THRONE – ‘THARSIS SLEEPS’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Created by: Nicos Livesey

Directed by: Nicos Livesey & Tom Bunker

Executive Producer: Harry Hill

Producers: Posy Dixon, Dan Keefe, Nicos Livesey

Lead 2D Animator: Blanca Martinez De Rituerto

2D Animation: Tom Bunker, Elisa Ciocca, Anne-Lou Erambert, Duncan Gist, Dan Hamman, Nicos Livesey, James Martin, Azusa Nakagawa, Nuno Neves, Joe Sparkes, Joe Sparrow, James Turzynski

3D Animation & Modelling: Luke Howell, Sam Munnings

Rostrum Camera Operators: Stefan Iyapah, Michalis Livesey, Theo Nunn

Embroidery Department: Liz Barlow, Rosy Maddison, Julia Owen, Victor Jakalfabet

Head Of Embroidery: Jen Newman

Interns: Daniela Alvarez, Daniel Matczak, Annalotta Pauly, Polina Sologub, Anna Streit, Lynn Yun, Jennifer Zheng

Sound Design: Alex Pieroni

Song: Throne “Tharsis Sleeps”

Graphic Design: Toby Evans

Digitzing: Tim Gomersall, Nicos Livesey

Supported By: Brother Sewing UK

A Lucky Features production in collaboration with Channel 4 & Dazed Digital

Special Thanks to: Steve Bliss, Martina Bramkamp, Amy Leverton, Ebru Oz, Clapham Road Studio, Kickstarter & All Our Backers.

Sponsored by: Bosh, Madeira Threads, Mother, Orta Anadolu, Wilcom Embroidery

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Cast: Nicos Livesey, Tom Bunker, Blanca Martinez de Rituerto, Joe Sparrow, Duncan Gist and V_V / James Martin

Tags: embroidery, animation, flash, sewing, frame by frame, stitched, acid, doom, throne, mars, terraform, stop motion, colour, mental, bong, weed, after effects and dragon stop motion

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