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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Video: Specular Holgrams, Animated Specular Holography by Matt Brand of Zintaglio Arts

Video: Fresh Cut Metal by Matt Brand ~ digital sculpting and organic texturing create Specular Holograms of light bouncing off of finely machined sheet metal. Specular holography is a new visual medium that Matt Brand has been developing as a technology and as an art form.
Specular Holography is a way of drawing three-dimensional scenes by manipulating the way light scintillates off a two-dimensional surface.
To see more animated Specular Holograms 

Matt Brand's website shows some of amazing pieces from the last few years, rendered onto metal plate and transparent plastic. The links at the bottom of each page take you to videos that show how the holographic image changes with motion. The links at the top of each page will take you to explanations, a FAQ, contact info, etc.

Each hologram is a 2D arrangement of fine optical surfaces (reflectors or refractors) that direct a unique bundle of light rays to each viewpoint. The field of rays is structured so that you perceive a scene that is three-dimensional, or animated, or both.




                                              All Image Credits Matt Brand

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Video: "Magnetic Movie", A Semiconductor work by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt - shot at the NASA Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley, California, USA

Video "Magnetic Movie" a film about the secret lives of invisible magnetic fields that are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries.

All action takes place around NASA's Space Sciences Laboratories at the University of California Berkeley, including the voice recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries.

Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent ‘whistlers' produced by fleeting electrons.

Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world.

Awarded the Nature ‘Scientific Merit Award’ by Imagine Science Film Festival, New York, 2009.
Purchased by the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington for the permanent collection, 2008. Awarded ‘Best Film at Cutting Edge’ at the British Animation Awards, 2008. Special Mention, ‘Best International Experimental Short’ at Leeds International Film Festival, 2008. Awarded ‘Best Experimental Film’ at Tirana International Film Festival, 2007.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Video animated short: "Wild Life" directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis


Video "Wild Life" directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, is a short animated film which tells the story of a dapper young remittance man, sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context.


Awards and Nominations: Academy Award nomination USA, Best Canadian Film of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Best Canadian Film of the Halifax Film Festival, Special Jury Prize of the Open Cinema Festival at St. Petersburg Russia, First Prize of the L'Alternativa at Barcelona Spain, Best Animation of the Yorkton Film Festival at Saskatchewan Canada, Canadian Genie Nomination.

About the Directors and their website:
Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis met at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver where they studied film, video and animation. They each went on to create their own works with the National Film Board of Canada before co-directing "When the Day Breaks".

Tilby taught animation at Harvard and Concordia University, and from 2007 - 2009 was external examiner for animation at the Royal College of Art in London.


Forbis led many animation workshops for kids, and from 1987 - 1993 was an instructor at the Arts Umbrella Children’s Art Centre in Vancouver.








Friday, September 6, 2013

Video animated short: "When the Day Breaks" directed by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Video animation "When the Day Breaks"
directed by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby.

Ruby the pig seeks affirmation in the city around her after witnessing the accidental death of a stranger… and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links that connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. The film also features singer Martha Wainwright.

Awards: Winner of over 40 prizes from around the world including the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film 52nd International Film Festival Cannes France, 1999; Grand Prix for Best Animated Short Film 23rd International Animated Film Festival Annecy 1999; Gold Hugo Award Animated Short Film Category 35th International Film Festival Chicago, 1999, an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Short Film, and the Grand Prix at Zagreb and Hiroshima International Animation Festivals.

About the Directors and their website: 
Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis met at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver where they studied film, video and animation. They each went on to create their own works with the National Film Board of Canada before co-directing "When the Day Breaks".




Tilby and Forbis have also collaborated on assorted commissioned projects and directed numerous TV commercials. Interview, their acclaimed spot for United Airlines, was nominated for an Emmy® in 2004.



Forbis has led many animation workshops for kids and from 1987 - 1993 was an instructor at the Arts Umbrella Children’s Art Centre in Vancouver.

Tilby has taught animation at Harvard and Concordia University and from 2007 - 2009 was external examiner for animation at the Royal College of Art in London.