1. Paper Dreams


    from Kenneth Onulak / Added

    266K Plays / / 114 Comments

    © 2010 Kenneth Onulak www.kaluno.com This is my Junior Degree Project that I worked over the Spring semester at RISD. I got the original concept of creating a cutout animation for art made with a single sheet of paper and the stratastencil technique. I wanted the animation to have a dream like quality exploring the reality and space in which the dream exists and felt that the cutout technique fit this idea. Color was another consideration that I built into the design of the animation to help enhance the dreamlike qualities of the film. From here the idea grew and as I did studies involving birds, umbrellas, water, trees, and other things I was able to refine my idea and break it down to find the core essentials of the film. Once I had my subject matter down and I was able to start animating. Most of the animation is hand drawn (the tree was drawn by hand then animated in Adobe After Effects). Once I had the animation drawn, I filled it all in with black marker, shot it, and brought it into Adobe After Effects and ran an auto trace on it to create that cutout effect. To create the final look of the film, I started with a basic mockup frame that I used to make rough style frames and an animatic with. Later applying the animation over the animatic to create a fine cut, while using it to do render tests and get a feel of how the workflow was going to work out. From there I made the final frame and created 7 colored backings for it, which I swapped out while hanging the frame in different places on the wall. I lit the frame to give it the shadows in the image and used these pictures later, compositing them together so that they were all hanging on the wall at the same time. After that it was matter of compositing in all the animation, adding a drop shadow to the paper to make it flow better with the look and feel of the frame, and lots of rendering. For the sound I partnered with a student from the Berklee School of Music in Boston named John Nolan. I explained to him what I was looking for and through different sound tests and experiments he was able to narrow down specific instruments to use. With every edit to the sound I would provide some notes, feedback and things I thought would help add to the sound as well as strengthen the animation. John took those ideas and applied them with other elements to create a really beautiful final soundtrack. All of this came together over a 12 week period to create this final film. Feel free to comment and enjoy!

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    • Why Do I Study Physics? (2013)


      from Shixie / Added

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      I decided to study Physics in college because, since childhood I have been enchanted by the idea of perfection. However, while seeking a rational world, irrationality shadows every step of my journey. Is this a pursuit destined to end in a dilemma? A film by Shixie (Xiangjun Shi) Graduation Project at Rhode Island School of Design 2013 A Science Communication Project at Brown University Department of Physics Honors: [Special Jury Prize] CinéGlobe 2014 Official Selection (Switzerland) [Jury Award] NYC ACM SIGGRAPH MetroCAF 2013 (USA) [2nd Place Student Award] ASIFA-East 2014 (USA) [Jury Award for Best Short Film] Gold Coast International Film Festival (USA) [Guest Feature] Cusp Conference 2014 (USA) [Official Selection] The Life Sciences Film Festival 2014 (Czech) [Official Selection] 1st Ahvaz International Science Film Festival (Iran) [Official Selection] 2015 Florida Film Festival (USA) [Official Selection] 2014 Third Thursday RIIFF Encore (USA) [Official Selection] 2014 İstanbul Animation Festival (Turkey) [Official Selection] 2014 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA) [Official Selection] 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival 2014 (USA) [Official Selection] Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2014 (France) [Official Selection] International Science Film Festival Pariscience 2014 (France) [Official Selection] 16th Très Court International Film Festival (France) [Official Selection] Tricky Women 2014: Up & Coming Talents (Austria) [Official Selection] Noida International Film Festival 2014 (India) [Official Selection] Disposable Film Festival 2014 (USA) [Official Selection] 20th World of Women’s Cinema: WOW Film Festival & Tour 2014 (Australia) [Official Selection] 10th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2013 (USA) Special Thanks: Steve Subotnick Amy Kravitz Dennis Hlynsky Leon Cooper James Valles Richard Fishman

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      • Doxology


        from Michael Langan / Added

        127K Plays / / 87 Comments

        Doxology / 2007 / 6 min / HD / Stereo An experimental comedy about tennis balls, dancing cars, and God. Michael Langan's graduation film from Rhode Island School of Design, "Doxology" went on to play over 100 film festivals, garnering 14 awards, including a Student Academy Award nomination.

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        • Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See


          from Edward Tufte / Added

          245K Plays / / 39 Comments

          Directed and edited by Andrei Severny. Produced by Edward Tufte. "Perceiving Deeply" The Design Observer http://designobserver.com/feature/perceiving-deeply/38497/ "If you do one thing today, watch this 40-minute crash course in Design Thinking." FastCompany http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670615/a-40-minute-crash-course-in-design-thinking "Watch the first five minutes and you'll be hooked." 99U by Behance http://99u.com/workbook/14370/video-how-to-see-like-a-artist "Beautifully made film." Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/5991521/learn-to-see-like-an-artist "A great story beautifully told." Ken Carbone, Designer, Chief Creative Director, Carbone Smolan Agency “This [film] is about patient and dedicated teaching, about learning to look and visualize in order to design, about the importance of drawing. It is one designer’s personal experience of issues that face all designers, expressed with sympathy and encouragement, and illustrated with examples of Inge [Druckrey]’s own work and that of grateful generations of her students. There are simple phrases that give insights into complex matters, for example that letterforms are ‘memories of motion.’ Above all, it is characteristic of Inge that in this examination of basic principles the word “beautiful” is used several times.” Matthew Carter, type designer, MacArthur Fellow “This film is absolutely beautiful. I'm so impressed with it and learned so much in such a compact piece. I feel like it picked up where Helvetica left off with the subtle principles of typographical balance and some early history stemming from the human hand. Your wonderful teaching approach comes through loud and clear and stands as an inspiration and model for others including myself. This is fantastic.” Luke Geissbuhler, Cinematographer of Helvetica and other films "A great documentation of the visual values we hold dear." Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, RIT "A fine, insightful and educational documentary. It captures Inge’s work as a designer and educator, her thinking and her SEEING, in a wonderful and most perfect way. Truly Inspirational!" Hans-Ulrich Allemann, Designer/Educator More info at www.tufte.com www.TeachingToSee.org www.facebook.com/TeachingToSee

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          • Stay Home


            from caleb wood / Added

            90.8K Plays / / 120 Comments

            A house at the center is home to dog and cat. The sun shines down, and a day goes by. degree project at risd2011

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            • Undone


              from Hayley Morris / Added

              105K Plays / / 73 Comments

              A drifting man struggles to pull objects from the roiling sea below him and scrambles to keep the objects from slipping through his fingers. A stop-motion animation using textured and tactile materials, as well as personal imagery, that represents the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Inspired by my grandfather. Best Animated Short at Slamdance 2009.

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              • The Divide


                from Brent Sievers / Added

                92.4K Plays / / 49 Comments

                Man and nature try to coexist, but their boundaries are falling apart. 2015 Festivals: Pictoplasma NW Animation Festival 2014 Festivals: Animation Block Party - Best Student Animation Puchon International Student Animation Festival - Special Jury Prize Ottawa International Animation Festival Northern Wave Festival Primanima Hungary Golden Orchid International Animation Festival State Festival Berlin CutOut Fest Airport Ani-fest Chitose Imagine Science Film Festival

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                • PIN


                  from Elise Fachon / Added

                  69.1K Plays / / 34 Comments

                  Final for Intermediate Stop Motion fall 2011. An exercise in creating characters from the simplest of shapes. Definitely going to push farther on this one, so this is a bit of a "work in progress" upload.

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                  • 21 Years in 7 Minutes


                    from Cartoon Brew / Added

                    57.2K Plays / / 38 Comments

                    A film by Caroline Torres debuting online exclusively in Cartoon Brew's 3rd Student Animation Festival. Visit Caroline Torres' website at: http://www.carolinetea.com To learn more about the production of this film, visit: cartoonbrew.com/​brewtv/​21years.html

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                    • Troubleshooting


                      from Cartoon Brew / Added

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                      A film by Eric Ko debuting online exclusively in Cartoon Brew's 3rd Student Animation Festival. Visit Eric Ko's website at: http://www.crybird.net To learn more about the production of this film, visit: cartoonbrew.com/​brewtv/​troubleshooting.html

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