Motion Weekly - The Return

Nov 30, 2018 at 11:22 pm by nickcharles

Motion Weekly

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

After some time away from this weekly segment, and a bit of prodding from fellow staffer, Ricky Grove, I will make this a regular feature again. I admit I missed doing this, but took a break for a number of reasons. One thing hasn't changed in that time, though - it still amazes me the amount of talent and imagination that can be found, and the wide range of creative expression through shortfilm. The passion to create, and the hard work that goes along with it is inspiring in itself. It's out there to be seen and enjoyed.

Though my original goal with this segment was to specifically highlight motion graphics and animated short films, it had evolved to also showcase incredible live-action, outstanding cinematography, and wicked cool experimental works. It's all motion, it's all inspiring. So, take the time to kick back and have a look at some fantastic work being produced out there. And, if you like what you see in this segment, please share it.

Age of Sail

This piece caught my eye most recently. A wonderful story of an old sailor thinking his time has passed and dead set to fade away, until an unexpected event changes his course. Excellent storytelling, dialogue, and animation, this is a must-see.

AGE OF SAIL / Theatrical Version from Chromosphere on Vimeo.

Set on the open ocean in 1900, AGE OF SAIL is the story of William Avery (Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues a teen (Cathy Ang) who has mysteriously fallen overboard, Avery finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours.

Directed by John Kahrs

Produced with Chromosphere /
and Evil Eye Pictures /


I love stop-motion work, and this is an excellent example of the details in the process. A beautiful work from Jess Cope of Owl House Studios for Steven Wilson's song Routine. It's a story of loss, denial, and acceptance.

Steven Wilson - Routine (Hand. Cannot. Erase.) from Kscope on Vimeo.

Steven Wilson has launched the stunning animated video for ‘Routine’. The hugely emotive track featuring a beautiful guest vocal performance by Ninet Tayeb is taken from his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Steven Wilson “Amongst the hundreds of songs I have written over the years Routine has a very special place. It’s a deeply sad story of loss and denial, but at its conclusion the clouds lift and there is acceptance at least."

Director Jess Cope of Owlhouse Studios ( talks about the creation of the ‘Routine’ video “Routine is the forth film that Owl House Studio has made in collaboration with Steven Wilson and the biggest one yet. The story centres on a woman dealing with the tragic loss of her family and the routine she creates for herself to try and cope. The themes in Steven’s music are often quite morbid and macabre and when we heard Routine for the first time, Tom Kaye (Writer/Producer) and I knew the story had to be really strong, to do justice to the music.

Our use of traditional animation and the painstaking efforts of the whole Owl House Studios team, have resulted in a film with a level of beauty and detail not previously achieved by the studio – at the same time it is simple enough that the music always drives the story."


"Seasons" is a surrealistic journey through seasonal transformation. Erica Hu presents her artistic take on each of the four seasons in stunningly animated detail. Using tools such as Cinema 4D andAfter Effects, incorporating colorful imagery, animation, and live footage of smoke and ink bleed, all set to a perfectly fitting musical score, it is a journey that at just under two minutes is something that sticks with the viewer long after.

This film, which Erica originally posted 7 years ago, is still my absolute favorite in style and flow. I had interviewed Erica about this film several years ago now, but it is such a great piece that I wanted to share it again for anyone who hasn't yet seen it.

Seasons from Erica Haowei Hu on Vimeo.

Seasons is a surreal motion graphics animation based on the changing seasons. Beginning with spring, the richly hued illustrations in this work come alive as they transform in color and rhythmic tempo to reveal the full seasonal spectrum.

Software: After Effects, Cinama 4D, Maya(Goldfish and Jellyfish)

Erica Haowei Hu director, design, animation, compositing Portfolio_Sihan Yuan


Lily and the Snowman

This is an excellent film for the holiday season. I'm a sap...I readily admit it. I love a good story that can bring a tear to the eye. This is one of those stories. The animation is incredible, and the soundtrack, a cover of Genesis' "Follow You, Follow Me," fits perfectly. This film carries a great message: 'make time for what you love.'

Cineplex - Lily and the Snowman from Hornet on Vimeo.

The story of Lily, a young girl, and her faithful friend, an endearing snowman, reminds viewers to see the big picture.

To help visualize the magic of the movies, acclaimed Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo reached out to Hornet directors Dan & Jason to collaborate on an engaging cinematic experience for Canadian entertainment house Cineplex. Co Director Hyesung Park along with veteran Hollywood character designer Peter de Sève round out the team.

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