Thursday, November 29, 2012

Super Mario Beads 3

We're all familiar with the late night haul of doing a stop motion animation. Well these guys have done a 5 minute long Mario tribute....and it's their 3rd one.  It's not super flashy or perfectly smooth, but it's got a lot of soul to it.  I'm also posting their behind the scenes video because not only did I find it pretty amusing but also a little interesting as well (it's in another language so just hit the cc button on youtube for closed captioning).  What I actually found interesting is that they use no tripods or nice lights.  In the interview they said this was to give it a home made feel and inspire others to do it, but they also go on to say it may just be because they're lazy. Either way it's a fun piece to watch.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I really like Peter Jackson because he gives access to more behind-the-scene footage than the actual length of the movie.  Its so true...there is exponentially more hours put into making an excellent product than its length.  So thank you Peter Jackson for documenting your work.  It makes me appreciate your films that much more. This kind of production has to be INSANE to simultaneously work on 3 films!

Friday, November 23, 2012

New 'Effin York

I like how the typography is integrated into the scene. It is dramatic, and feels like it's in motion. Imagine if this were a movie title? The smoke would roll in and the frame would freeze on this shot with the title, hold for 3 seconds, then unfreeze and roll on.

Monday, November 19, 2012

MeanMug Loves Guns

I'm not sure where it began, but I'm pretty sure it was a combination of Adam Simpson's series-like illustrations and the Dumb Ways To Die music video...I'm talking about what drove me to make two new MeanMug and Slim shorts this weekend. I've had the idea to do a series of MM&S series for a long time, but just hadn't gotten around to animating it. But after seeing those two examples I named at the top of the post I was inspired to actually put down the videogame controller and get back in the game. My goal is to at some point create 10 of these gun animations and put them all together. I'm thinking about doing 1 every 2 weeks, and maybe quicker if I'm feeling exceptionally frisky one week. While creating the first two shorts, The Bazooka and The Revolver, I really started to feel as though I am finally making the MM&S I've always wanted to. The style is where I want it and the animation is becoming more fluid. Now it's just a matter of coming up with funny shorts. Ok, now you can enjoy the shorts, and wear headphones for a better audio experience.

The Bazooka from Chris Koelsch on Vimeo.

The Revolver from Chris Koelsch on Vimeo.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dumb Ways To Die

At first I didn't know what to think about this, but the catchy song from Tangerine Kitty and the sheer amount of deaths eventually won me over. What I find even more interesting is that this piece was created for Metro and their campaign to educate people about safety around trains. To create a catchy tune and a funny animation to promote what could have been just another boring PSA is a brilliant idea. Makes me glad knowing that there are options out there like this that clients took a risk with.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Adam Simpson

It was Adam Simpson's Ray Gun series that first caught my eye, but after visiting his site I found much more to enjoy. I love the way he seems to make one piece out of many little pieces; his work gives you a lot to explore.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Portland/CreativeMornings - Aaron James Draplin

An extremely inspiring and engaging talk from Aaron James Draplin, respected designer and founder of Field Notes, that had me thinking and laughing all at the same time. In this talk Aaron goes over his 50 point plan on how to wreck/save your career.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


As people who are constantly stuck in our chairs for long hours we all know how important it is to have some good music to accompany you. I think we should start posting good editing/animating music to the stew. Lets tag them workmusic so we can easily find them. I'll start out with this song that came up today on my Pandora, Joao Gilberto - Aguas de Marco.

Monday, November 12, 2012

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll)

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll) from Chicago Music Exchange on Vimeo.

Eat it up Brian!

Level eater - Chicago

A Pocket Companion to Books from The Simpsons

I love things like this. French graphic designer Olivier Lebrun has collected stills of the many books in the 600+ Simpsons episodes and with the help of Rollo-Press they have published 174 of the best images in this pocket companion book. Perfect for any dining room table and you can purchase it at Rollo-Press here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Moustache Projection

I've projected my moustache growth 200 days and created this .gif. Science tells me it's 99.9% accurate.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The 10 Types of Content We All Crave

Agent Aid

Remember, way back when, when Shauri asked us if anyone was in animating something on the side? Well, this is what I cooked up for her brother's friend's small business. I don't really hang my hat on animation as much as I used to but if was pretty fun... I wouldn't hate shooting something soon either.

Agent Aid from Joshua Lightle on Vimeo.