Animated Review

  1. This is a spec piece we created, a while back, for a creative director at an ad agency (Ralph Watson) who asked us to leverage artwork from a print campaign for Lavabar, a liquid chocolate treat. It never quite led to anything, but was a great exercise in what we could accomplish within a week using Flash and After Effects.

    Original designs (from the print campaign) by Bubi Au Yeung
    Story sequence and animation by Yellowshed

    For this version, we picked the music track ("Pale Blue Eyes" by the Velvet Underground) because it seemed to fit the mood of the piece.

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    Here's our very own suggestion on how to decorate a christmas tree. Enjoy the animation & Merry Christmas everyone!

    Direction & Design /// Jens & Anna
    Sound Design ///
    Animation /// Sergei Shabarov
    2d Animaiton /// Duncan Gist

    some behind the scenes pics here

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  3. Sing along with Walter, the Wassailing Wreath!

    A somewhat-dark comedic Christmas card for 2012.

    A Film by: Michael Ruocco

    Apatheria -
    Josh Palmer -

    Special Thanks:
    Shannon Murphy
    Julianna Ventresco
    Chris Zito

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  4. "Utilising a Busby Berkeley-style song and dance routine, with CGI toy soldiers as the players, Hattler succeeds brilliantly in blurring the lines between conflict and entertainment in a piece laced with satire. One foot wrong, and a film like this can quickly take the wrong turn into mawkish territory. But Hattler’s Spin triumphs were so many fail; engaging an audience and hitting them with the knock-out blow of a wake-up call." The Double Negative (2012)

    "Max Hattler's fantastically bizarre, deliciously satirical Spin, a madcap cross between Singin' in the Rain (1952), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and A Town Called Panic (2009) the film portrays a synchronized group of dancing toy soldiers as they melt, maim and gun each other down." Cine Vue (2011)

    "Animator Max Hattler, based in London and Germany, has been busy over the last couple of years creating his characteristically precise and geometric works that in some ways recall the kaleidoscopic choreography of Busby Berkley. Some of his best works unite the visual precision with military themes for a deft critique of totalizing control. His 2005 short, Collision, for example, brings together the visual iconography of Islam and the US, while Spin, from 2010, flips small military figures into spinning dervishes that again, create patterns that underscore the violence implicit in the images." Blur and Sharpen (2012)

    "Spin is synchronised swimming for toy soldiers. Aficionados of plastic infantrymen will recognise them almost instantly, and while they've here been rendered such that they can move their limbs, some positional changes see them swapped for another. Here, they are green and black, the living-room invading menace of the tan toy soldiers perhaps being left for a sequel. The sometimes jaunty music from Eclectic works well with Max Hattler's visuals, all creating an entertaining spectacle. It's dark in places, intentionally so, and that's also to the credit of those involved. Perhaps the only note is that among the various GIs and Wehrmacht are some soldiers that appear in fact to be a police SWAT team - what one suspects is actually a battering ram is treated as if it were a giant Roman candle. That may be an artifact of childhood imagination, however, and given how many bricks substituted for firearms before Lego, if you will, bit the bullet, it's totally forgiveable. Watching Spin does in some ways recall the pageantry of fascism, the Nuhremberg rallies and North Korean stadium displays, though again that's an important element - divorced of ideology such efforts still glorify something, and the very notion of a toy soldier raises all sorts of questions. Spin doesn't attempt to answer any of them, nor should it - sometimes the mere act of asking questions is enough, and Spin manages that amply." Eye For Film (2010)

    "The development of Spin has led to Hattler researching political parades and mass rallies, alongside kaleidoscopic Hollywood dance routines: ‘I’ve been looking at work by Leni Riefenstahl, and the escapist vision of Busby Berkeley. I’ve also been considering Fordism and the division of labour, where individuals create a bigger pattern. I’m interested in the human as ornament. What happens when you replicate a figure a million times?’ With this correlation of dance troupes and military troops, Spin presents a constantly self-replenishing supply of plastic toy soldiers, whose uniform movements shift from dizzying eye-candy patterns into increasingly threatening displays, all to a soundtrack of 1940s big band music." Electric Sheep, 2009

    Full info and credits:

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  5. Merry Christmas from Beakus!

    You know that snowman and snow-woman from the recent John Lewis ad?
    Well, we felt inspired to create this animated homage!
    We asked the obvious question - what happened next?
    Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

    Director & Producer Steve Smith
    Animator Rob Thomson
    Music Tim Goalen

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