Germany

Ted Ed, How Hitler Rose To Power. An Animated Short.

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.

 

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The Circular Calendar by Sören Lachnit.

Since it is a whopping 12 degrees outside, with a windchill of about zero I am longing for spring. Unfortunately it’s still more than two months away. That doesn’t mean that I can’t get ready for the Vernal Equinox with a little bit of well designed flair.

Designed by Sören Lachnit, this single sheet wall calendar calculates the number of hours of daylight at 50°, 40°, and 30° north of the equator. It marks the seasonal changes, and uses rings to mark weekdays, months, weeks, lunar and solar phases, and leaves room for jotting down notes, should you decide you want to write on this stunning visual piece.

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The clean simple, minimalist design is printed on silk finish paper at 33.11  x 46.81 inches. It’s a great example of international design style, with clean typography and a two color layout. I like how it breaks from the design norm and engages the viewer with it’s circular form.

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“Wall”

With yesterday marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I wanted to post images from illustrator Tom Clohosy Cole‘s book “WALL”. The illustrated book tells the story of  a family torn apart when their father was stranded in the West following the division of the city in 1961.

The book is filled with gorgeous illustrations  that help tell the tale of the family’s attempts to reach each other and reunite. The visuals add a beautiful human element to this complex political event that spanned decades.

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Some Monday Magic. “The Grand”.

 Glen Milner does some really nice short film work. The piece below was commissioned by Steinway & Sons to highlight and reveal the craft that goes into producing one of their pianos. Working with a small crew, Milner shooting with Camera Assistant Arne Zacher, the two created a wonderfully timed black and white short. The editing is tied tightly to the original composition by Elwin Hedrijanto and Dominic Ferris with cuts hitting on time to the music. In just two and a half minutes Milner shows the amount of skilled work and love that goes into producing a Steinway. The film highlights the Hamburg factory, the workers, the 1200 parts in each piano, and slowly builds through the performance by  Hedrijanto and Ferris ending with the star of the show on stage.

If You Need To Advertise Toilet Paper…

When it comes to advertising toilet paper, there are usually two approaches. Humorous, or a performance demonstration showing how product A is stronger and more absorbent than product B. In an attempt to break that mold Ignyte from Munich Germany with VTC have created a beautiful 3D animation set to a cover of the Pixies “Where is my Mind” by Sunday Girl. The 60 second spot reveals white on white layers of folding paper that moves in time to the music with mesmerizing effect.

 

The only let down is the VO at the end which seems to kill the effect. I don’t speak German, and there was no subtitle option for the clip on YouTube. I don’t think that it is much of a stretch to assume that the VO is a marketing message for the product, and one that is needed to convey what the product is, although it is fairly evident in the last 7 seconds of the spot. Frankly, i think they could have run this without the VO and just the Level logo at the end with equal impact.

Friday Inspiration. “Tussilago”.

Talk about a great look. This 13 minute film from  has it. There is really solid blend of 2D, and 3D animation with live action footage, animated stills, and graphics. The film is in Swedish, but it is subtitled so you can follow along with the story. I have to say I ended up watching it a couple of times, and I found myself pausing the second time around to actually read the subtitles. On the first pass it was just to easy to get lost in the look of “Tussilago”. In the post before this I talked about the kind of crew you sometimes need to get a short film produced. The credit list to this is below the film, and it is a perfect example of how complex making even a short film can be.

Directed by Jonas Odell
Produced by Linda Hambäck & Niklas Adolfsson
Interviews by Richard Dinter
Director of Photography Per Helin
Music Martin Landquist
Sound design Fredrik Jonsäter
Production manager Malin Marmgren
Hair and make up Rebecka Rissanen
Animation Per Helin
Marcus Krupa
Johan Sonestedt
Martin Nyberg
Susanne Sturesson
Mikael Lindbom
Jakob Bastviken
Lindor Tidäng
Kaspar Christophersen
Produced by Filmtecknarna F. Animation AB in coproduction with Film i Väst and Sveriges Television AB, with support from the Swedish Film Institute, Andra Lasmanis and Nordic Film and TV fund.

Watch Making. “The manufactory” from Peter Wollring.

Having returned from my snow walk I thought I would thaw out while perusing some fine video work on Vimeo. While trolling through the people I follow I came across this fairly new upload from . It showcases the manufacture of NOMOS watches in Glashütte, Germany with some great camera work, solid editing, and tight features on what makes NOMOS watches stand out.