Monday, 23 January 2012

And this is animation

This music video was directed by Sean Pecknold for The Shrine/An Argument by the Fleet Foxes.
The colours/mood/story are amazing and the switch to blues/reds at 6:27 is lovely!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Mourir Auprès de Toi

Beautiful stop motion animation by Spike Jonze and Olympia Le Tan.

"Designer Olympia Le-Tan's embroidered clutch-bags spring to life in director Spike Jonze’s tragicomic stop-motion animation Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side). On a shelf in famed Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, the star-crossed love story of a klutzy skeleton and his flame-haired amour plays out amidst Le-Tan’s illustrations of iconic first-edition book covers." (Taken from

Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on

And who wouldn't fall in love in a bookshop like that ;)?

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Anders Forsman

I just discovered Swedish director, Anders Forsman's work on Motion Served. Just lovely!

Check out his profile on Behance for full credits and more details.


Monday, 3 October 2011

Animate 11 by Wamda

A week ago, I attended Animate 11 at the Pavilion Downtown Dubai. It was a very well organized and inspiring event. There were some great creative showcases by independent animators/illustrators as well as animation companies.

David Habchy and Ashley Choukeir from Lebanon, showed the public their work (illustration and animation) and spoke about the process they were involved in for each project they took on. It was great to see how two freelance artists have made their way into the market and revealed the power of social media in marketing one's work. That is apart from the obvious talent they both share :). Here is a video from a puppet animation workshop they were both involved in in Lebanon.

Another showcase that was very inspiring was that of Emirati Mohamad Fikree. He is a 21 year old animator who I think has rare talent when it comes to having an overall vision for film/animation. The light design, mood, framing, and sound design were I think all very well done. He composes the music for his animations too. I am looking forward to seeing how his work develops in the future. Here is the trailer for one of the films he showed us, though he said it was not finished yet. I found that his films really capture an emotion I only thought existed in dreams.

There is really lots to say about the event but these were the most inspiring showcases for me. Thanks to Wamda for organizing this!


Saturday, 24 September 2011

Bon Iver - Holocene

This video was directed by Nabil Elderkin ( for Bon Iver's song, Holocene. It was shot in the beautiful Iceland.

Just like the lyrics say, when you watch it all you can repeat is:
"And once, I knew I was not magnificent"
But those landscapes surely are.

Gabriel Pacheco

We stumbled upon Gabriel's work online (thank God for the internet). He's a Mexican illustrator whose work is a feast of colours and textures. He has published many beautiful books. Check out his work here!!