Watch the video! What a wonderfully animated short by the Irish filmmaker, Eoin Duffy. I’m not surprised “The Missing Scarf” took home top awards in virtually every film festival in the world. It was also shortlisted for the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
The story starts out following a squirrel’s journey to find his missing scarf, but it evolves into something truly astronomical! The animation technique is exquisitely polished. It’s a beautiful way to use motion graphics — each new design was well timed and added to the scene. And not to mention… George Takei is narrating, so this short is really great by all accounts.
To find more from Eoin Duffy or congratulate him on a job well done, here’s his website.
Hydrolab Training, I.S.S., Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC], Star City, Zvyozdny gorodok, Russia, 2007.
Class Room, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center [CGS], Kourou, French Guiana, 200
“The Space Project” is an incredible series of photographs by Vincent Fournier, who hails from the little known country of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Vincent traveled around the world to capture space training facilities which were left mostly in a state of abandonment. You may have noticed that most countries seem to have shifted their interests away from manned space programs in recent years. After the lunar landing on July 20th, 1969, we just haven’t collectively wanted to exhaust the resources need to journey to Mars and beyond…
These photographs capture some of the beautifully faded glory of space programs around the world. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Apollo Control Room, John F. Kennedy Space Center [NASA], Florida, U.S.A., 2011.
Ergol #4, S1B clean room, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center [CGS], Kourou, French Guiana, 2011
Space Helmet, Extravehicular Visor Assembly, John F. Kennedy Space Center [NASA], Florida, U.S.A., 2011
Mars Desert Research Station #2 [MDRS], Mars Society, San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A., 2008
Mars Desert Research Station #1 [MDRS], Mars Society, San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A., 2008
Plateau de Bure Observatory #3 [IRAM], Grenoble, F 78 French Alps, 2006
There are many more gems from “The Space Project” that you can find at Vincent’s website, here. I think he may be my new favorite photographer. If you are in Amsterdam before October 31st, definitely check it out.
Santiago Betancur Z is a Colombian visual artist who has done creative work for animated short films, TV commercials, and video games. These wonderful psychoactive photographs were made by placing soap bubbles against dark surfaces to generate prismatic light in the shape of spheres. Giant gas planets, Jupiter or Saturn, seem to emerge from the images.
On his website, Santiago lists directly under his name, “Art is the science of beauty,” something we can appreciate greatly here at RobotSpaceBrain.
Moebius, also known as Jean Giraud, was a world-renowned French artist, cartoonist, and writer. Back in 2011, he created this series of fantastical illustrations for the clothing botique, Hermès. The series, titled Voyage D’Hermes, never actually appeared in any advertisement for the company’s perfume line (possibly because they contain absolutely no reference to the Hermès brand). But who cares, these otherworldly scenes are simply incredible! The work features soft pastels, floating orbs, and alien creatures to create a sort of “Space Western” environment.
Moebius, who passed away back in 2012, had a wonderfully productive life. He contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, including Alien, Willow, Tron (1982), The Abyss (1989) and The Fifth Element.
If you are unfamiliar with his work, I suggest checking out a few of his books. Both Arzach and The Incal are highly recommended, but his most famous work is probably the Blueberry series, created with writer Jean-Michel Charlier, which features one of the first anti-heroes in Western comics.
Hope you enjoyed these. I’m sure they will inspire many creative types for years to come.
“Horde” is a new short film by the Brutus Collective, a group of 4 talented artists: Thibaud Clergue, Aurelien Duhayon, Sebastien Iglesias and Camille Perrin. The story is succinct and engaging, and the animation is top-notch. I particularly liked the implementation of reduced frames to animate the faces, while the clothing maintained a higher, more fluid frame rate. It is certainly pro-level work.
The motorcycle fight was heavily inspired by one of the best moments in the history of animation, Akira’s biker gang scene. If you have any interest in animation, I suggest checking it out. They held their own with this new rendition.
Check out this beautiful panoramic photograph by Kelly Richardson, which features fiery missiles or vessels leaving planet Earth. The landscape for the piece was shot in West Texas during Kelly’s artist residency at Artpace in San Antonio. From the artist’s site:
“Drawing from the aesthetics of sci-fi films and dystopian stories, Orion Tide presents a Roswell-esque desert with spurts of light and smoke repeatedly taking off into the dark night sky. As a part of CONTACT festival 2013, Orion Tide rests somewhere in the territory between science fiction and biblical wraths. By uniting the cataclysmic commonalities that both worlds share, Richardson created an apocalyptically sublime space in which all ideals dissolve and a universal transition is made for whatever may come next.”
I think the only thing I that could improve the work would be to animate the rockets into an endless loop. It’s an intriguing piece nonetheless.
Edit (8/10/2014): The artist informed me that the the videos are animated as seamless loops. Very cool!
Here’s a video of Kelly describing her work, if you’d like to learn more.