Last year was a strange one, for sure, and certainly tough on most everyone. Now, almost a full month into 2021, we are all looking forward to the better year this could be. Armed with New Year's resolutions, new goals, and perhaps new creative pursuits, may we see this through as a landmark year for all of us. With this in mind, I am determined to keep the Motion Weekly going forward into 2021 and present exciting content each and every week.
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.
The Motion Weekly has evolved to 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.
Firefly 3 - "Shine Again"
The first piece this week, fittingly, is a beautiful animation with a message of hope for the new year.
The last adventure of our fireflies’ trilogy is on! “Shine Again” is an emotional 3-minute short film created side by side with Publicis Brasil about the importance of finding reasons to shine even in dark times. To the sound of Michael Jackson’s classic “Heal The World”, our favorite characters are back to send the world a message of love and hope for 2021.
This next piece has been around for a number of years, but is so incredibly done...and absolutely hilarious.
Haring tells the tale of Diederik, a guy who makes the mistake of eating a herring right before a date. When he finds out his fishy breath destroys everything in its path, he does his best to get rid of the smell, while also trying to reach his date in time.
Haring was made with the collaboration from the Netherlands Film Fund, SNS Reaal and Pathé and was made for the 2014 UltraKort program. The film screened in front of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" in all Dutch Pathé cinemas.
Xavier Rudd - Storm Boy (official video)
This music video is an exceptional example of great claymation. And the song itself is a beautiful piece by Australian singer/songwriter, Xavier Rudd. The character design and color palette really stand out in this. To get a better appreciation of this video, be sure to view the making of it here.
music: Xavier Rudd
director: Gianluca Maruotti
animator: Gianluca Maruotti
post/edit: Gabriele Maruotti
producer: Ross Macpherson / Macro Music
made with Dragonframe
This piece is an exceptional ad for Norco Bicycles. Filmed in the North Shore mountains overlooking Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, the breathtaking beauty of this area is captured well. With incredible time-lapse photography, VFX, and great attention to color, this is one to watch full-screen.
The mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore have ignited imaginations for decades - an enchanted realm formed by nature and hand sculpted with trails of triumph and confronting challenge.
There is a life force at play here - intertwined with every rock, root and trail relic. It draws you in and alters your perception of the impossible, leaving an undeniable, indelible mark.
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Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles