In this month’s round up of the best in animation, motion graphics and vfx, Weave flies close to the sun for the BBC; RSA and MPC tear it up for Sony and Rogue and The Mill swarm to Lexus

Weave vfx
Comet of the Century
Weave VFX created the star of the show for BBC2 Horizon special Comet of the Century that explained what would happen when the five billion year old comet Ison passed by the Sun late last month. Weave used a combination of 3d and compositing to visualise the ball of rock and ice as it went perilously close to the sun. The vfx director was Jason White.

Rogue/The Mill
Rogue’s Sam Brown and The Mill made this spot, Lexus Swarm for CHI & Partners. It was shot in Vancouver at various city locations including the Museum of Anthropology. The bespoke quadrotors created for Swarm took their design cues from Lexus cars and were shot mostly in camera with The Mill adding animation to give the machines more personality.

Lexus – ‘Swarm – Amazing in Motion’ from Rogue Films on Vimeo.

Lexus ‘Swarm’ Behind The Scenes from The Mill on Vimeo.

RSA director Rob Blishen, MPC and 180 Amsterdam built this paper universe for Sony PlayStation’s new Vita game Tearaway. The game is set in a 3D world made of paper, so the team made a real-life paper world at 1:12 to scale. A live action hero was dropped into a stop motion animation created on the set along with discreet 3D and 2D work and set extensions.

Second Home
My Motorbike
This is Second Home Studios’ contribution to the CITV Share a Story project in which kids’ stories are animated for the channel. Stop frame short My Motorbike was written by eight year old Alex Holt, a simple tale of a boy who dreams of motorcycle adventures whilst playing on his scooter in his back yard. It was directed and produced by Chris Randall and Waldemar Werbel.

Table Manners
Rebecca Manley’s new short, Table Manners, is her first foray into live action puppets. It was created for C4’s Random Acts.

Table Manners from Rebecca Manley on Vimeo.

Passion Pictures
O2 Sim spot

Passion director  Lobo goes on a journey through India, Bangladesh and Pakistan for VCCP’s O2 international SIM ad.

O2 "Memories" from Lobo on Vimeo.

MTV rebrand

Brand agency DixonBaxi created a new look, positioning and strategy for the Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV.

MTV 3 | Roller Derby from DixonBaxi on Vimeo.

Jump Design
One Show Titles

Lee Jacobs of Jump directed the Christmas special of The One Show logo and titles – a preview of the newly refreshed graphics package. The 3D was built In C4D by Duncan Tune who also composited the titles in After Effects.

The One Show Titles – Christmas from Jump Design on Vimeo.

Jon Creamer

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