My references are various, from Chris Ware for his extraordinary layout and (sometimes abstract) images, Hans Richter, Len Lye, Stanley Kubrick or Godfrey Reggio (with his qatsi trilogy).
I must also quote the speech of JFK ( youtube.com/watch?v=6z1DidldxUo )
I would like to thank the people who support me, a BIG thank to Yann, Alexis, Florent, François, Stéphane & Sylvain.
I would like to thank Chez Eddy for their support : chezeddy.com
Directing/design/animation/composting : Céline Desrumaux
Additionnal character animation : Florent Remize
Music : "Granulard bastard" from Apprat.
OneDotZero, London 2011
BUG 27: The Evolution of Music Video BFI london
Columbia Film festival 2011
Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland 2011
Playgrounds Festival, Amsterdam and Tilburg 2011
San francisco internation art festival - SFIAF 2011
Expotoons 2011, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Screen Social, London/UK 2011
Festival national du film d'animation 2011, bruz, rennes
CINEASTIC GONDOLAS, Lech/AUSTRIA -2011
Cristal Festival, Crans-Montana/SUISSE, 2011 (shortlist)
ANIMA 2012 (Brussels, BELGIUM), Best of Shorts program
Cortoons Festival 2012 (Rome, ITALY)
The UK's Festival of Music, Film & Digital
Cinéma Nova - OFFSCREEN festival 2012 (Bruxelles, belgium)
SXSW 2012 (Austin, Texas)
Pictoplasma 2012 (berlin, Germany)
Filmfest Dresden 2012 (Germany)
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2012 (Germany)
Prix Ars Electronica 2011, AUSTRIA - Honorary Mention Computer Animation / Film / VFX
Brooklyn Film Festival 2012, (USA)
Vimeo Awards 2012, NY (USA)
Phoenix Comicon Film Festival 2012 (USA)
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International 2012 (Canada)
SUPERTOON - INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2012
Red Stick International Animation festival 2012 (Louisiana, USA) - BEST music video
LIAF 2012 (London, UK)
PICTOPLASMA NY 2012
Les Utopiales, Nantes (France) 2012
We like our stuff. Do you like your stuff? Protect your stuff.
Here's our latest for Norton via Leo Burnett Chicago.
Information on Norton “Stuff Anthem” from Psyop’s Fletcher Moules, who was creative director on the spot along with Laurent Ledru.
Stuff. Stuff. Stuff.
No, not just "stuff" with a small "s," but Stuff. Your Stuff. The Stuff that lives on your hard drive, your devices, and on the web. Your Stuff is more than just data. It's your life. The Stuff that connects you with the people you love. The Stuff that puts you on the grid as a contributing member of society. It's who you are Stuff, where you've been and where you're going Stuff.
For “Stuff Anthem” we took this idea of Stuff and embodied it in a character and follow him through the world as he grows up, adding more stuff to his life and trying to hold onto and keep track of all the stuff he has.
Visually, we gave the character a cute likeable look and personality and the world around him a handmade ink and watercolor feel. We didn’t want anything to feel overly slick or techy. It’s all imbued with a bit of whimsy and fun. As the spot moves along, the visuals build and get more complex as our main character gets more stuff and tries harder and harder not to lose it. The color palette we used was also very important in the narrative journey. We developed a base palette from the Norton’s brand and this set the tone for beginning and end. However, we wanted the viewer to feel like they went on the journey with Mr. Stuff. When things got tough for him, so did the palette.
We really wanted the animation and the story to unfold as simplistic as possible. The aim was to create a handcrafted world for a software company. Though the characters are all 3D, our intention for the campaign was to have a traditional 2D feel. In order to achieve this, in the timeline we were given, we relied heavily on new techniques in digital production – all the characters are 3D, the backgrounds are projected in Nuke and AE, and much of the character lighting is done with Nuke’s Relighting tools using Normals passes. At the same time, we used some pretty old school animation techniques, like when the taxi takes off and heads to the town.
Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Chicago
Global Creative Director: Mark Tutssel
Executive Creative Director: Susan Credle
Creative Directors: Dave Loew, Jon Wyville
Art Director: Rainer Schmidt
Copywriter: Tohru Oyasu
Executive Producer: David Moore
Producers: Christopher Cochrane, Stephen Clark
Production Company: Psyop/Smuggler
Psyop Creative Directors: Fletch Moules, Laurent Ledru
Psyop Executive Producer: Neysa Horsburgh
Psyop Producer: Amanda Miller
Psyop Associate Producer: Hillary Thomas
Smuggler Executive Producer/Partner: Patrick Milling Smith
Smuggler Executive Producer/Partner: Brian Carmody
Smuggler Executive Producer/COO: Lisa Rich
Smuggler Executive Producers: Allison Kunzman, Laura Thoel
Models and Textures: Rie Ito, Brianne Meyers, George Longo, Matt Berenty
Riggers: Sean Kealey, Alon Gibli
Animation Lead: Dan Vislocky
Animators: Sam Ortiz, Minor Gaytan, Blake Guest, Kevin Koch, Jacob Frey, Chris Meek
Designer: Kenesha Sneed
Lighters: Hao Cui, Sarah Bockett, Stephen Delalla
2D animators: Taik Lee, Regis Carmago, Shervin Etaat, Jooyong Kim
Compositing: Fletch Moules, Michael Garrett, Miguel Bautista,
Flame: Kim Stevenson
Sheeped Away tells the tale of a farmer who just wants to be with his beloved sheep. When a giant UFO enters his life to claim his sheep, what will he do to keep them safe from harm? And can he do this without waking his monstrous wife?
The whole point of making “Sheeped Away” was to make a tribute of sorts, to the old American cartoons I grew up with. They were not necessarily made for children but neither were they unwatchable for them. I wanted to make something just like that; something for both adults and kids. And adult kids like me.
It was a difficult process of 7 long months, but with the help of a lot of awesome talented people, I made it. I can’t thank them enough.
DELETED SCENES: vimeo.com/29340666
A film by:
JESSY JANE SUHARYANTO
Special effects & compositing:
ALBERT ‘T HOOFT
AIMÉE DE JONGH
EGBERT DE RUITER
ROELOF VAN DEN BERGH
STEVEN VAN DER VEER
Dedicated in memory of
In 1964, Jonny Quest aired to rave reviews as the first, adult action/adventure cartoon in prime time. It had cool jazz music by Hoyt Curtin and terrific, high contrast pen and ink design work by Doug Wildey. As an animator and long time JQ junkie, I had always wanted a set of Jonny Quest action figures but, due to high production costs, the show only lasted one season; not long enough to spawn any kind of serious toys or other merchandising tie-ins. So, almost 50 years later, I made my own. Here is my Valentine to one of the coolest, if not THE coolest, cartoons ever to spin up the imagination of a 53 year old man now going on six. Enjoy!
NEWS!!!!! Check out my KickStarter project for a complete JQ episode!
I made a little promovideo for 16bit. Sort of an epileptic trip.
Brand new video for 16bit 'Dinosaurs' released on August 29th on MTA Records.
Directed & Animated by Kristofer Ström. Colonel Blimp & Blinkink.
16bit - 'Dinosaurs / Boston Cream'
29th August 2011
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