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Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Young Artists Pivot into Animation for Universal Music Group’s °1824 Division

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 14, 2021 at 3:28pm

Moving away from videography during the pandemic, members of the company’s inhouse creative group embraced new digital tools, including After Effects, to produce captivating video content that often provided fans their first visual representation of a new song.

3D Surrealism ANIMATIONWorld

Sci-Fi Ambient Minimalism: ‘Blue Moon Frequency # 2b [Spring Mix]’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:43am

Debuting today, the latest collaboration from noise-electro/classical composer Elizabeth Joan Kelly and avant-garde slide-guitarist Geiger von Müller gets surreal with public domain NASA images, Cinema 4D, and After Effects.

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Call for Submissions: SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:28pm

Entries now being accepted in multiple categories, including shorts, visualizations, VFX sequences, game cinematics, and real-time pieces; deadline to enter is August 1, 2021.

Return to the Psychedelic 60s! ANIMATIONWorld

Surreal and Psychedelic: The Foo Fighters ‘Chasing Birds’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1:34pm

Inspired by ‘Yellow Submarine’ and dreamy 60s visuals, Emlyn Davies and Josh Hicks first take viewers to a vibrant euphoria, then a distorted hellscape, in the animated short supporting the ‘Medicine at Midnight’ album.

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Ella and Louis’ Famed ‘Cheek to Cheek’ Duet Gets Animated

To celebrate the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s 104th birthday, director Wendy Cong Zhao and Verve Records have produced a whimsical 2D music video that captures the magic of the singer and Louis Armstrong’s classic recording.

Moving Forward from the Past ANIMATIONWorld

How Old Ghosts Shape Our Lives in ‘Baby Blues’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:23am

Christine Fellows uses cut-out collage and stop-motion to animate Suzie Ungerleider's new song about releasing the hold traumatic events have on our lives.

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Exclusive: Phil Gerus’ ‘Shake Off the Jinx with Your Kiss’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:51am

Animated by JJ the Icon and debuting today along with the DJ/jazz pianist’s new ‘Too Close to Love’ EP, 2D short envisions a tender dialogue between a woman and nature as they eventually become one.

Captivating with Chaos ANIMATIONWorld

Capturing Chaos and Unpredictability in POORSTACY’s ‘Get Out’ Visualizer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:07pm

Artist Yemi Faleti used Premiere Pro with Boris FX’s Sapphire and Red Giant’s VFX suite to produce the rapid cuts and melting colors in his CG piece for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

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New Animated Short Challenges Misconceptions About Down Syndrome

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:00pm

Intellectual disability charity L’Arche, animation studio Tonic DNA, and musician Jordan Hart’s powerful new 2D film, ‘Freebird,’ asks the important question, “Why does the world assume that a disabled life is not profoundly beautiful?”

Feel and See the Beat! ANIMATIONWorld

Jazztronica Meets Pop Art in Asta Hiroki’s ‘Cherry Blossom’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:35am

The Brighton-based visual artist brings a storybook feel, using public domain cartoons, and a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired tone, to his animated short, released in support of his debut album, ‘Entropy.’

Anger That Boils Over ANIMATIONWorld

Raging Against Toxic Masculinity in Brye’s ‘LEMONS’ Lyric Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:13am

Artist Justin Moon used Blender, FLIP fluids plugin, and After Effects to produce the sterile imagery that’s gradually corrupted by seething anger in his CG music video for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

You Gotta Have Heart! Headline News

Noggin Launches ‘Big Heart World’ Social Initiative

Featuring Nickelodeon fan-favorite characters, the campaign is designed to help kids meet social and educational challenges; ‘Big Heart Beats’ album provides empowering and catchy songs to bolster the campaign’s messages, and will also be available Nick Jr. and the Nick Jr. YouTube channel.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Make a New Day’ Music Video from ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:02am

Barbie’s youngest sister Chelsea and her friends jam away in CG video of lead track from the new film, launching this Friday on Netflix.

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Hanging by a Thread on a Windy Day in Team Salut’s ‘Boom Bam’ Lyric Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:19pm

To capture the song’s beat and energy, artist Lauren Brems drew fast scribbles over video frames of her friends dancing, integrated with subtle word movement, in her 2D animation short for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

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WATCH: St. Vincent’s Groovy New ‘The Melting of the Sun’ Music Video

The most recent single from upcoming 70s-aesthetic album ‘Daddy’s Home’ features psychedelic 2D animation that is nostalgic yet gloomy.

Animation as a Moving Painting ANIMATIONWorld

Animating Soft-Spoken Vocals in The White Buffalo’s ‘Sycamore’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:21am

To capture the lyrics’ dark gravity, artist Baptiste Leroux used hand-drawn frames in TV Paint for a textured, stop-motion look, in his short fan film for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

Paper and Cloth Collage Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Maya B Goes Quirky Collage in ‘Sink (ft. SAINt JHN)’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:11am

In the first of a five piece series on new animated shorts from Universal Music Group’s °1824 division, AWN shows how artist Carolyn Knapp used pieces of paper, gold foil, even her own clothes, along with Photoshop and After Effects, to create an innovative 2D film.

Charting the Spectrum of Lusts! ANIMATIONWorld

Gritty, Visceral Noir: The Foo Fighters’ ‘No Son of Mine’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:06pm

Inspired by Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ graphic novel, Emlyn Davies takes audiences on a hard and fast ride, charting the spectrum of lusts – blood, money, drugs, and alcohol – while poking fun at self-righteous hypocrisy.

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Call for Entries: The Ottawa International Animation Festival

Submissions are being accepted for the 2021 festival, which runs September 22-26; the competition’s entry deadline is May 31.

Festivals Events

Ottawa International Animation Festival September 22-26

Begins: September 22, 2021

OIAF promotes and exhibits the world’s most cutting edge and quirky animation; programs include screenings, exhibitions, and workshops.

Festival Events

BIAF 2021 in Bucheon, Korea October 22-26

Begins: October 22, 2021

The festival seeks to promote animation and growth in the Asian animation community.

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Call for Entries: SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater

Premier CG conference is looking for innovative works in computer graphics-based storytelling for its second-ever virtual Electronic Theater showcase; the submission deadline is March 23.

Stop-Motion ANIMATIONWorld

The Carefree Claymation of Gilligan Moss’ ‘Slow Down’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:25am

Francesca Morea takes the Brooklyn-based electronic duo on a surreal but easygoing journey in the ocean, forest, and outer space.

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