Archive for the ‘animation’ Category

Goodbye Cow, Pirate, Cyclist

February 25, 2011

Love this little video to say goodbye to not to scale‘s advertising campaign for cravendale

The campaign was hugely successful, having run for 4 years, in fact the 2009 Milk Bar campaign delivered Cravendale’s strongest ROI ever. Brand value grew by 18.2% year on year as volume sales increases of 7% were recorded at retail. This compared with a 1.8% volume decline in milk sales as a whole. (as you can see here) so I’m not 100% why Cravendale are severing the relationship? The adverts were innovative and really stood out… perhaps they are hoping there may be a nationwide Facebook campaign to save the cow? Any which way, they will be missed!

Cravendale‘s new campaign: ‘Cats with Thumbs‘ will start on 28th of February 2011 – the idea freaks me out  a little but I’ll be interested to see what happens when this FMCG’s brand pulls the ‘cat out of the bag’!

update 2nd March 2011:
Here’s the update! Cats with thumbs!

What do you think?


February 1, 2011

This is what happens when you have a new 7D and get drunk

a very silly (er) test

banksy vs bristol

June 13, 2009

The official banksy vs bristol trailer appears above. I can’t wait to go and see this! As I’m living in Bristol, I’ll be sure to pop down this week or next….

Graffiti artist Banksy has chosen his home city of Bristol (reputedly, but actually I am fairly certain he is not from Bristol) to host his new exhibition of more than 100 installations, his most ambitious British project to date.

Staged in the council-owned City Museum and Art Gallery, Banksy v Bristol Museum was such a closely guarded secret with only the Museum’s director, Kate Brindley and a handful of others aware of the plans. Even senior councillors were unaware of the ambitious project, while visitors and staff were told that filming had been taking place. The exhibition features animatronics, installations and a sensory display. Ms Brindley said: “We gave the staff a couple of days off and said we were filming. We were taking a huge risk because no one has spoken to Banksy, it’s all been done through his agents.”

Banksy said: “This is the first show I’ve ever done where taxpayers’ money is being used to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off.”

The reviews are great so far…. I’ve been an admirer of his for some time and find the work interesting – guerilla marketers could certainly take inspiration from some of his famous stunts, which are now making him an artist with a worldwide appeal.

Take a look at Banksy’s website;     or Banksy’s Myspace;

ITN news report about the exhibition;

Banksy on Brtistol Street Art website (a great source of information pictures and videos on bristol street art);

The queue on the first day of the banksy vs bristol museum exhibition

The queue on the first day of the banksy vs bristol museum exhibition

I also found this article through Bristol Street Art’s Twitter Feed;              Behind the scenes in BanksyLand The pictures show a glimpse at behind the scenes…

Banksy has played host to many a stunt in the past including, most recently doctoring Paris Hilton CDs and placing them in HMVs around the country. You can see some pictures here.

Other Banksy Links and Reviews;
Banksy Forum
Banksy vs Bristol Telegraph review
Times Review – Banksy vs Bristol

Director Stitches 45,000 Photographs Into a Music Video

April 2, 2009

Director Stitches 45,000 Photographs Into a Music Video

By Priya Ganapati from the WIRED BLOG
December 05, 2008 | 4:37:14 PMCategories: Cameras  

Cesarandpoppy_2Good video doesn’t always need a great video camera. A still camera, imagination and a lot of hours can also get you there.

Cesar Kuriyama, a New York animator and lighting technical director, has directed a visually arresting music video using an interesting technique.

Eschewing a video camera, he took 45,000 photographs with a Nikon D200 DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera and stitched them together to create the illusion of video.

The music video was created for the band Fat City Reprise and premiered at their homecoming concert in Philadelphia.

Kuriyama says he directed the talent in the video to move as best they could in slow-motion while he had his director of photography Tommy Agriodimas shoot JPG bursts with the Nikon D200. 

The duo were able to get about 60 images per burst at about four pictures per second. “Obviously we did many takes for each shot,” says Kuriyama. “Eventually one good take of them moving in slow motion would look great.”

After that the team re-worked the frames in post-production to move closer to 24 frames per second.

Including the time for conceptualizing and creating the story board, it took Kuriyama about 14 months to the video. He worked on it after-work hours every day.

The whole video cost just about $3000 to make, says Kuriyama, “plus the endless personal hours.”

The video also features an animated stuffed animal designed and created by a friend. Kuriyama rigged it with blue sticks coming out of its arms and legs and wore a black suit to hide him. Post-production tricks helped firm the illusion.

Much of the editing for the video, says Kuriyama, was done on his MacBook Pro in Final Cut Pro. He managed the photographs in iPhoto and did the effects in Eyeon Fusion.

Kuriyama’s efforts is an interesting way to circumvent the challenge that photographers face when it comes to creating high quality videos at low cost.

Compact digital cameras, which have had video-recording capabilities for years, offer disappointing image quality. High-end video and movie cameras are bulky and can be very expensive.

But the $2700 21-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II capable of 1080p HD video and the $1300 12-megapixelNikon D90, which can record 720p HD video could change the game.

The two cameras deliver very high quality video and still images and could help photographers move to a single camera for their needs.

Also see:
Nikon D40 DSLR Now Official

Photo: Cesar Kuriyama