Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Game Over Tinies

Loving the dark humor of this video game themed alphabet series from Brentalfloss.

To This Day

This is long, but very powerful. There are probably no less than 25 really great animations all in different styles mashed together seamlessly in this piece. Wow.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hilton San Diego Bayfront from David Ayling on Vimeo.

Josh and I stayed at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and had one day off

Husbands - "Dream"

Simple idea + amazing design + awesome music = Husbands' new music video for their song Dream. Video by Cauboyz.

DK – "Designer Slash Model"

This is an oldie but I couldn't help but post it since I over heard Chad talking about it.

DK – "Designer Slash Model" from DIGITAL KITCHEN on Vimeo.

Paperman Wins Best Animated Short

Dave posted Paperman a little while ago. I enjoyed watching it and I'm glad that it won in its category. Here is the video again, and the making of.

PS4 Announcement - Abridged Version

After hearing you guys talking about the HGI conference this morning, I really want you to put something together similar to this.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Darwin Deez - You Can't Be My Girl

The best and pretty much only good use of stock footage that I have ever seen.

Root-Off: The Story Arch


application used: Adobe Illustrator



application used: Microsoft Excel

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

JJ Abrams and Gabe Newell (from Valve) talk storytelling

I haven't had time to watch this yet, but it has Gabe from Valve which is arguably one of the masters of storytelling in video games; talking to some movie guy that makes movies that start with "Star-" so it's got to be worth a watch.

Creative Mornings - Nick Cambell

Here's the story about how Nick went from Digital Kitchen to where he is today. I think it hits on what inspires me most about him, his desire to get out and do his own thing and his own work,and then the drive to make that happen for himself.

Nick Campbell from CreativeMornings/Chicago on Vimeo.

Les Miserables?

I was surprised by the cinematography in this. It's a simple idea that is well executed.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I think this is a good example of a piece that maybe could have been a little differently. I'm still trying to formulate thoughts around the documentary. But it's definitely the kind of thing I'd like to deconstruct with everyone. Dave, this could be really good as it relates to the D&D documentary because I feel like this piece is a little unfocused from time to time; I want our piece to have focus.

As I'm writing, I think I'd be interested to see/hear more about the evolution of influence (like the graphic at 00:7:30).

INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Johnnie Walker - Walk

Where to start? The writing? The epic tracking shot? Very awesome piece.

Johnnie Walker : Walk from George Nimeh on Vimeo.

Sebas & Clim: TI Sparkle

Sebas & Clim were recently asked by The Brand Shop to translate conceptually the idea of their client. The brief was to make 4 short animations to communicate 4 different strong points of Sparkle, a telecom italia devision, in a really emotional way without beeing tough and dull. They wanted something which wouldn't be seen in the telecommunication's internal business world.

That was their task and I think Sebas & Clim crushed this one out of the park. I know from experience that it can be really, really difficult to explain different business ideas in a new and unique way without losing your audience or becoming too ambiguous. These animations do such a simple job of exploring ideas about clients and communication without once defining the client or diving too deep into the weeds. The result is a fun and emotional piece that I believe someone of any age or education could understand and enjoy. I would really like to explore this abstract style of communication in my own work to come. The difficulty in pulling something like this off is having a client who is willing to go the distance, take a risk, and not cram too much content into their message.

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Cause - Gabe Newell

Saw this and it sort of reminded me of the stuff we're doing with The Cause. Gabe Newell started Valve in 1996. Since then they've created some of the most talked about video games in the industry and created Steam, which is an online services platform that has around 55 million users and generates more bandwidth than most countries. Valve has been growing 50% each year and if I were to sum up Gabe's "purpose" in this talk, I would say it's to create the most production and value from users and employees possible. He even goes on to say their production per employee is much higher than that of both Apple and Google. His stance on a flat business model (no managers) and the way he's allowing users to help generate content on Steam are some of the more interesting points I took from this talk. I think if we're talking about bad asses like Steve Jobs we can at least find some different examples people may not know of.