Austin-based band The Octopus Project‘s latest music video, ‘Whitby,’ is an excellent piece of stop motion animation, starring a bunch of dancing geometric shapes hanging out in a library, kitchen, and other ordinary locations. It was created, shot, and directed entirely by the band themselves, who also have a hand in a lot of the art involved in their packaging and live visuals.
Giving 110 animators freedom to do whatever they want in a single collaborative project could be a recipe for disaster. With Franchise, the latest release for animated type series Animography, the results are far from disastrous. Given the constraints of duration, dimensions, color, and and a single set of letterforms, the resulting animated typeface is a stunning combination of diverse styles and animation techniques.
The most basic way to anthropomorphize something is to stick googly eyes on it. Finnish director/animator Lucas Zanotto has brought this idea to nature photography in a delightful new series he’s calling Having a Face. These otherwise pastoral nature scenes become a silly exercise in characterization.
Brooklyn-based Photographer Bobby Doherty makes powerfully stylized images out of ordinary, familiar objects. His distinctive approach to photography creates images that are almost hyperreal: photos that look like paintings of photos. This makes sense as his studio photography work involves some level of digital manipulation and a tendency toward turning objects into patterns and textures through arrangement and composition.