Anyone who works in graphic design, broadcast, video or advertising, knows that time is usually pretty tight when it comes to getting work done. Deadlines are always shifting, last minute jobs are dropped in your lap and due by the end of the day. I’m not griping, I’m just saying, and that is why I am always on the lookout for content that I can use when I am in a jam and don’t have time to create it from scratch. Take the video below from Peter Quinn. It is the promo for his latest release, PQ Mo-Bits, a collection of “obvious, everyday icons that a motion designer needs to keep handy.” This guy does great work and trust me there are some of these that I can use on a regular basis. I’m not being lazy, I’m being thrifty because I don’t always have the luxury of time to create something this good.
Here is something fun from designers Sebas and Clim. Anicons is a series of animated icons available for Adobe After Effects for about 50 bucks. The fully customizable icon sets that are easy to use and modify. The icons are built as a library for motion designers, editors, or anyone else involved with the development of animation, and moving images. The icon sets feature a fun illustrative style, and fluid animations with bright color pallets. The best part is, you could probably use these as a starting point for your animation and swap out the graphics with your own illustrations to extend the sets.
There are animated GIF’s and then there are animated GIF’s. Since the birth of, and the rebirth of the animated GIF most fall into one of two categories; poor quality looping images that jump as they start over, or really well done masquerading under the name Cinemagraph. Then there are those like the ones below done by the very talented Justin Mezzell. There is a fresh unique approach to these. Simple in style and execution, with just enough detail. They really don’t look like the animated GIF files you are used to seeing. The clean crisp design combined with a fresh color pallet, and seamless loops are absolutely mesmerizing, which is not surprising when you look at his other work.
Designers Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman, also known as DKNG has a new exhibit of small works titled “Icon” currently on display at Gallery 1988 in West Los Angeles. The show features fifty works in Goldman’s distinct flat geometric style. All the works feature a bright but limited color pallet, and each image represents iconic places and things from some of your favorite movies and TV shows of all time. The image attempts to sum up an entire movie in a single 12 inch square.
The two videos below are for the Sunday Times Culture section. The first “Icons”, is the finished ad, the second the making of. This spot is one single dynamic camera movement featuring two actors. Over the course of fifty seconds the two become Forrest Gump, Don Draper, God, Daft Punk, and a couple of gun toting criminals. When you watch the finished piece it is hard to tell that this was done in a single shot. When I watched the making of, I wondered how many takes they went through before they got it right. In the making of, they were kind enough to drop a picture in picture frame so you can see what the camera operator was getting as he moved with the actors. For an in depth look, click here to go to the Making of website.
Directors – Us
Production Company – Academy Films
Executive Producer – Lizie Gower
Producer – Juliette Harris
DOP – Ben Fordesman
A&R Operator – Simon Wood
Art Director – Alison Dominitz
Hair & MakeUp – Lu Hinton
Stylist – Rebecca Hale
Casting – Hammond & Cox
Editor – Dave Stevens @ Assembly Rooms
Post – Electric Theatre Collective
Grade – Aubrey Woodiwiss
Audio post production – String & Tins
Musical Composition – Tom Player
Lead Actor – Gary Milner
Agency – Grey
Executive Creative Director – Nils Leonard
Creative Director – Dave Monk
Creatives – Jonathan Rands & Johan Leandersson
Agency Producer – Debbie Impett