In this month’s round up of the best in animation, motion graphics and vfx, Momoco gets its teeth into Dracula, Trunk folds over Jaguar and Gorgeous twists reality for Honda

Dracula titles

Designer and director Nic Benns created the opening sequence for Carnival Films’ Sky Living/ NBC drama Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.The titles use a shadow puppet theatre concept that introduces the show’s characters and Victorian London. Threads run outward from each figure while cogs turn in the periphery of the screen and the reveal shows Dracula manipulating everything and everyone in the city. The process involved a greenscreen shoot with Jonathan Rhys Myers while backlit silhouettes and lace elements were shot on trace then composited with 3D models in After Effects.

DRACULA Titles from MOMOCO Film Titles on Vimeo.

Honda spot

Chris Palmer of Gorgeous is behind the launch spot for Honda’s new SUV and its  ‘surprisingly’ low emissions and high fuel efficiency and is made up of a series of optical illusions that make “the impossible possible.” The agency was McGarry Bowen and post was at The Mill. The grade was by Seamus O’Kane and it was cut by Paul Watts at The Quarry.

Honda Illusions, An Impossible Made Possible – New CR-V 1.6 Diesel Video from Rodrigo Alvarez Yanes on Vimeo.

Blue Zoo
Rugby league

Blue-Zoo directed this trail for BBC Sport’s coverage of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 following on from the ad it created for the Rugby League Challenge Cup. It stars stylised giant low-polygon rugby characters that invade the UK and battle it out for the trophy. Modelling and animating in Maya was led by Dan Edgely and it was composited in After Effects by Charlie Batho.

BBC Sport – Rugby League World Cup 2013 from Blue Zoo on Vimeo.

Jaguar film

This paper and pencil film is director Rok Predin’s latest for Jaguar. FP Creative ordered a film for the new Jaguar C-X17’s global debut at the Frankfurt motor show that showed off its new all-aluminium technical architecture. The piece is a mix of hand-rendered 2D lines with 3D rendered elements. It was produced by Richard Barnett.

Jaguar C-X17 from Trunk Animation on Vimeo.

Chocolat Luxe

MPC was behind the stunning effects in RSA director Johnny Hardstaff’s latest spot for new Bailey’s Chocolat Luxe drink. The smoke effects, underwater models and cascading chocolate rivers were made from an  amalgamation of shot elements, live action and CG. The agency was 101 London. Producer was Tim Wild and the grade was by George K.

Baileys Chocolat Luxe / Forming 60" from 101 London on Vimeo.

Dia De Los Muertos
Ticktockrobot’s Simon Armstrong directed this film, written by Ben Young Mason, for Houston Symphony’s multimedia concert experience.

Short film Mute explores a world populated by people born without a mouth. It’s directed and created by Job, Joris & Marieke.

Creative Nuts
Sky Challenge

Creative Nuts’ rebrand for Sky Challenge  has a series of characters  watching TV together that portray the range of shows on Challenge.

Challenge Ident – Muscle from Creative Nuts on Vimeo.

This is S4C show NiDiNi [We’R’Us] where real kids talking about their lives are animated. It was directed and produced by Hywel Griffith.

Jon Creamer

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