PilotPriest - The Last Goodbye

In 2014, French directors/animators Thibaud Clergue, Aurélien Duhayon, Sébastien Iglesias and Camille Perrin fresh out of Supinfocom, formed the BRVTVS Collective. Their debut film was the John Carpenter-esque biker gang mini-horror 'Horde', in which we see a demonic biker gang "recruit" a new member for their undead throng.

Following the resounding success of 'Horde', musician and film-maker PilotPriest, aka Anthony Scott Burns, asked BRVTVS to create a music video to accompany the track 'The Last Goodbye' taken from his 'W​/​W​/​D​/​K​/​F' album. Having mastered the horror genre with their first short, BRVTVS turned their attention to science fiction, which is also a great source of inspiration for PilotPriest and his synthesizer-heavy cinematic compositions.

Influenced by black and white movies of Fritz Lang ('Metropolis') and other German expressionist directors, the resulting video is epic in its cinematic scope and steeped in sci-fi nostalgia. The narrative sees a female astronaut pursue her college through space, before encountering a strange mirrored barrier which transports her into the unknown...


Jonah Burke Primiano: IDLE

Watch Jonah Burke Primiano's Savannah College of Art and Design 2015 graduation film 'IDLE'...

"An isolated gas station pulls into focus the difference between our current generations. The younger unwilling to identify with the older. The older disappointed with the younger. Despite each being characterized by their differences, they are both rooted in the same existential doubts."


Ana Mouyis: Pussy!

Brooklyn-based freelance illustrator and animator Anastasia Mouyis has released her debut short film, titled 'Pussy!'

The short animation follows an insecure but ambitious feline and her attempts at learning to swim. The mixed-media film, which incorporates 2D animation, hand-painted backgrounds, paint-on-glass animation and stop motion, poses the questions... "Can cats swim? Should they?!"


Psychonauts Trailer



'Psiconautas' ('Psychonauts'), a new 78-minute Spanish animated feature film directed by Alberto Vazquez, and produced by Zircozine and Basque Films, just premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Based on Vazquez's own comic book of the same name, 'Psychonauts' follows Birdboy and Dinki on their harrowing journey to escape an island devastated by an ecological catastrophe.

Watch the teaser trailer (with English subtitles) below:

Aardman Nathan Love: Full ANL

Nathan Love is now Aardman Nathan Love... The new brand is the result of Aardman Animations becoming a majority stakeholder in NYC-based Nathan Love, which was announced through the magnificently conceived 'Full ANL' logo reveal.

The inspiration for the film comes from Aardman's stop-motion roots with the clay-like, characteristically rubbery Aardman-style eyes & mouths, combined with Nathan Love's typically impressive and detailed CGI.


Streets Of Beige: Bootleg Simpsons T-shirt



The once peaceful town of Springfield has been taken over by a criminal syndicate, including the police. Mass violence has become extremely dominant and no one is safe. Bart Simpson (an accomplished boxer), Milhouse Van Houten (skilled martial artist) and Lisa Simpson (judo expert) are young ex-police officers who had to quit the force in order to fight back the syndicate...

Streets Of Beige (lowbrow art bloggers and purveyors of fine bootleg merchandise) have collaborated with illustrator Dan Evans (aka Danxdraws) and Bristol-based screen printers Not Guilty Press in the release of this superb Simpsons Vs. Street Of Rage mash-up tee.

The T-shirt sports a Bart Simpson skull and crossbones pocket print and an impressive back print featuring Bart, Milhouse and Lisa (as Axel, Adam and Blaze) ready to fuck shit up!

The 3-colour, screen-printed heavyweight Gildan tee is available from the Streets Of Beige online store, priced just £16.50!



Yoann Hervo: Weird Simpsons

Director and animator Yoann Hervo, along with the help of Hugo Moreno, created this deliberately shonky, wonderfully weird and mind-meltingly strange tribute to The Simpsons.

The piece was originally intended to be just a small part of a collaboration project, including Charles Huettner, Ivan Dixon and James Hatley, in which animators created (in their own style) a short story based in the Simpsons universe. The project was ultimately abandoned, but happily Yoann persisted and finished his contribution.

With any luck Yoann Hervo's brilliantly nightmarish interpretation of the opening credits will follow in the footsteps of Paul Robertson & Ivan Dixon's pixel art tribute, which was picked up by the show's creators and ended up being screened as the opening of episode 14, season 26, My Fare Lady.


Matt Reynolds: Sport In The Land Of Plenty

In this madcap short from Matt Reynolds we observe the supreme beings of The Land of Plenty enjoying their murderous leisure time...


Vincent Tsui - Made In China

Vincent Tsui's darkly comic short depicts a world of wooden toys striving to act like humans, despite their physical limitations.

Their rigid inanimate bodies, expressionless faces and uniform appearance make it impossible to perform everyday tasks like waling the dog, drinking a cup of coffee or speed dating. The animation takes a melancholic turn as characters are seen to be identifying a criminal in a police lineup, failing to extinguish a fire and even attempting to commit suicide!


Himuro Yoshiteru - Fushigi Man

King Deluxe, who frequently grace our blog with their artists' incredible animated music videos, presents a short but sweet release from Japanese electronic musician Himuro Yoshiteru. A digital version of the 'Fushigi Man EP' is available now priced $3 via King Deluxe Records.

Julian Glander applies his iconic visual flair and quirky animation style in the "fishy fun" music video accompanying the title track 'Fushigi Man'...


Over the Garden Wall "For Sara" Cassette



Fans of Cartoon Network's 'Over The Garden Wall' will already be familiar with the "For Sara" cassette, Wirt's heartfelt love letter mix-tape of poetry and clarinet for his school crush Sara. The tape went unheard in the 10-chapter mini-series but Mondo have ventured into The Unknown and released (and immediately sold out) a physical version of the "For Sara" cassette.

The limited edition release (there were only 1000), features 20+ minutes of all new, never before heard material, produced and performed by the shows original composers Josh Kaufman & Justin Rubenstein, aka The Petrojvic Blasting Company. Elijah Wood even reprises his role was Wirt to perform the vocals.


Scarlett Parade - White River

'White River' by Scarlett Parade, taken from their debut EP 'Wildwoods', is accompanied by a mini-epic fantasy music video which tells the story of a vanished kingdom, a forgotten hero and a once sacred place...

The four-minute animation shows a central heroic character, reflecting on a time he was called upon to defend his city and it's people but at a great personal cost. Inspired by 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Name of the Wind', the bands directorial vision for the video was stunningly brought to life by former Gobelins and Disney students Anthony Lejeune, Lea Justum and Manddy Wyckens.

Jake Fried: Night Vision

'Night Vision' continues Jake Fried's instantly recognisable series of moving paintings, dense with mind-boggling visual imagery, patterns and texture, created with nothing more than ink, gouache, white-out and coffee!

High quality Giclée mini-prints of stills from Jake Fried's animated shorts can be purchased through his Society6 online store.


Darlings - I Love You Too

Director Ricardo Villavicencio and his creative partner and lead animator Ben Hill combined forces to produce this fantastic music video for Brooklyn-based garage pop quartet Darlings.


Emancipator - Ocelot

Doug Appling aka Emancipator teases the release of his new album 'Seven Seas' (out now on Loci Records) with the track 'Ocelot' and it's accompanying animated music video.

The 20x20 video fuses faceted crystalline creatures, including deer, wolves, bears, spiders and giraffe, frozen into a series of atmospherically misty natural settings. We then see an army of UFOs abduct these beautiful creatures... Only the ocelot remains!


Blue Zoo: Commuter Glitch

This exquisite corpse style animation, in which 30 Blue Zoo artist created adjoining sequences without seeing what each other had done, channels more than a little of David Oreily's glitced charm and sees a commuter takes a tripped-out psychedelic tube journey!


Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2015



Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2015

Paperback: 256 pages & DVD
Publisher: BNN Inc. (Apr 2015)
Language: Japanese/English
ISBN-13: 978-4-86100-984-6

BNN's annual showcase of the latest in Japanese motion graphics features the usual spectrum of amazing animation creatives. Spanning work ranging from hand-drawn to CG animation, character narratives to abstract compositions, animated fragments to feature length movie production and everything in-between, together with samples of their stunning works on the accompanying 52 minute DVD.

This celebratory 10th Anniversary edition of the 'Japanese Motion Graphic Creators' series also traces back over the last decade, featuring a chronological table looking at key moments seen in various fields including Music Video, Commercial, and Media Art.

Ira Elshansky: Warm Snow

Ira Elshansky's textural claymation 'Warm Snow' depicts the tempestuous relationship between a father and his now grown-up daughter.

The short starts in a fairly ordinary domestic setting... At the dinner table the girl is annoyed by her father's persistence that she "Try the pickles". The spilt white grains from an upset sugar bowl suddenly evoke a poignant memory of a time they spent together sledding in the snow. As the film progresses the situation transforms into a surrealistic world full of heart-warming love and melancholic pain.


Young: I Didn't Know That Episode 2

Following on from their Elton John episode, Manchester-based design and animation studio, Young now share their humorously spurious facts about The Beatles.

Did you know... In 2014 John Lennon's first guitar was sold for 35 Euros, including delivery on Etsy, after being up-cycled into a tennis racket!?


Nathan Love: ANL#1

New York-based studio Nathan Love are promising something big... and this teaser featuring strange chanting disembodied heads has certainly grabbed our attention.


Sophie Koko Gate: Half Wet

Watch Sophie Koko Gate's 2014 RCA graduation short 'Half Wet'...

"We are all born as wet as a banana, around 75% water. By the time we reach adulthood that amount goes down to 54% water. Gus bumps into Tiny Eyes at dusk, on the eve of his 25th birthday."


Ely Dagher: Self Help Dance

This animated teaser, dreamed up to accompany the new EP from producer Matthew Wilcock aka Model 86, features a series of bizarre, wonderful and erotic vignettes from Ely Dagher.

Each track from 'Self Help Dance' is paired perfectly with surrealist black and white visuals in which we see plenty of exposed flesh, heads roll back in orgasmic ecstasy and strange encounters with doppelgängers.


NOVA SEED Trailer



Gorgon Pictures Inc, a small independent animation studio located in Fukuoka Japan and helmed by Canadian directer/animator Nick DiLiberto, have unveiled an incredible teaser trailer for their first feature film called 'NOVA SEED'.

Human Human - Love

Montreal-based illustrator and animator Louis Roy created this sublime and strikingly minimal music video for the band Human Human and their song 'Love'.


CheesyBricks: Horse In Motion

Jon Rolph aka CheesyBricks, who stunned us with his stop motion "brickfilm" in which he recreates a Piet Modrian painting, has now adapted a LEGO brick interpretation of Eadweard Muybridge's 1887 Horse in Motion (Animal locomotion - Plate 626).


A rather pleasing glossy A1 poster recreating the originally published 'Horse in Motion' cabinet cards is also available via Jon Rolph's online store, priced £12.



The King's Parade - Bunched Up Letters

RCA graduate Lily Fang painstakingly animated this gorgeous paper-puppet stop motion music video over six month period to accompany The King's Parade debut single 'Bunched Up Letters'.

The video follows a downtrodden musician suffering from a wordy parody of The Midas Touch! Everything he comes into contact with, including his own mother, crumbles into a myriad of their component letters. As everything collapses around him, he discovers only his instruments seem to be immune to his cursed touch. Is it too late to play one last tune?


Gesu no Kiwami Otome - Innocent Season

A lovelorn three-eyed winged creature roams the classrooms and corridors of a school searching for romance in this ONIONSKIN animated music video for Gesu no Kiwami Otome (Girl at the Height of Rudeness) track 'Innocent Season'.

Simon Partington: Sumberless

Directed and animated by Simon Partington, 'Slumberless' tells the tale of a sleep-deprived man whose usual dull night is interrupted by an incredible visitor...


The Line: Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit

The intro to the best TV-series that never was...

Independent London-based animation studio The Line have brought to life 'Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit', the comic book hero created by director Wesley Louis when he was just a 13 years old.

Influenced by their favourite Saturday morning cartoon from the 80s and 90s you quickly pick up on references gleaned from 'Bucky O'Hare', 'The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' and a whole-load-of the 'Thundercats'! Not to mention 'Samurai Pizza Cats', 'Transformers', 'Captain Planet', 'Galaxy Rangers', 'Jayce And The Wheeled Warriors', 'Ulysses 31' and 'The Mysterious Cities of Gold'!

Support The Line and their continued production of excellent independent animation by purchasing the detailed digital art of book 'Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit - Groundworks' available here: gumroad.com/theline


Emanuele Kabu: Infinite Lust

In his latest cathartic animated short, London-based animator Emanuele Kabu reflects on his past relationships. 'Infinite Lust' encompasses all the intimate sweetness, lust and pain experienced by Emanuele over the last 15 years.

Realised through a series of abstract locations (inspired by both real and imaginary places associated with his former loved ones) Emanuele has turned this animation into a very personal form of therapy. His animation process of painting over each frame with the next has enabled him to slowly but physically unload this emotional baggage, break the pattern of his previous relationships and start anew.