The video below is a lesson in history and how fragile democracy can be. Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard lesson were animated by Uncle Ginger for Ted ED, and as the video progresses creates some uncanny parallels to this election cycle in America. The video itself is wonderfully animated and illustrated. The look keeps the viewer engaged as the narrator explains how Hitler came to power in Germany, and the events following the end of the First World War that helped to propel his rise in power. It is a quick overview that manages to summarize the history into a quick and digestible lesson. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the parallels to this year’s elections and the candidates running.
I came across this video this morning on Vimeo for Lucas Zanotto‘s game Loopimal and fell in love with the nice blend of simple animation, live action, and fun music. After watching the film, I jumped over to his website, then the appstore to check out the actual game. I know this was deigned for kids, but after getting Loopimal and spending some time with it, I’m kind of hooked. It’s actually a blast to play with and kind of addictive.
Loopimal is designed to be your child’s first entry into the world of computer sequencing. Using a series of animations which are linked to sound effects you create animation sequences for different animals. The game uses intuitive gestures, that create loops of rhythms, melodies and movements that are endless. This is so simple and so fun.
Inside the Edit is an online course launching later this summer for film editors. It is being billed as the World’s first creative editing course, and it might be. Much of what is taught about film editing focuses on the technical aspects and less on the creativity, leaving it up to the editor to find their voice over time. The course isn’t cheap. It runs £3000.00, or roughly $5000.00 US. That however is still less expensive than any number of physical courses, and much less expensive than four years of college. No I am not saying this will get you everything a four year college degree will get you. It might however supplement your basic understanding of film editing, and help you polish your creative skills when cutting your film together. Below is the really nice animated teaser for the online course, and a ten minute sample tutorial showing what the courses will look like. If the sample tutorial is an example of the final online courses, this is well worth the money.
As the world moves forward, language changes over time.Some languages are lost forever, or fade into obscurity only to have accurate translations go with them. Such is the case with the original teachings of Buddha which are carved into wooden planks in an original dialect of the Tibetan language. The animation below from Giant Ant is a visual feast promoting the 84,000 project which is tackling the enormous task of translating 95% of Buddhist texts that have never been translated into modern languages. The animation is a flowing visual treat of rich colors and shapes that morph into the symbolizes the teachings of the Buddhist faith. This combined with a soothing narrative by Russell Brand, and a simple call to action make this a winner.