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'The Tale Of The Seas' - Yoram Benz
Written by Charles   
Monday, 21 July 2014 05:52

There's a personal project in the works from award winning animation director and designer Yoram Benz of One Eyed Robot. It's called "The Tale Of The Seas" and is heading towards a 68 minute full length animated feature film once it reaches its fruition. The movie is about a coming-of-age fantasy following a mysterious sea creature that washes up on the shores of an isolated fishing village.

It’s a passion project in the light of a new breed of low budget animated features. Something between traditional animation and digital puppetry. A truly independent project that Yoram is working to bringing to life with a small crew of talented and like minded individuals.

For the past couple of years he's been working on developing the story, fleshing out the script, and painstakingly building the visual world of the movie, leading up to a first peek at The Tale Of The Seas in the form of a trailer.

The plan is to eventually set up a fundraising campaign in light of developing awareness about the project. So here we are at AN to help spread the word! You can follow the progress of The Tale Of The Seas at the project's dedicated site, on Facebook and also on the studio's site.

Take a look at the trailer and see how things are shaping up...

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'It's a plastic world' - Andreas Tanner
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:23

Animation is at its best when describing complex issues in simple ways. Plastic is one of the most useful products of our modern world. But it is also very devastating upon the environment. This video illustrates what plastic is doing to us, our oceans and sea life, and explores possible methods to counteract the damage and help restore our ecosystems. The video is produced and directed by Andreas Tanner of Andix Productions. For more info about the video and this subject visit Itsaplasticworld.com

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'Cookie-tin Banjo' - Radish Pictures
Written by Charles   
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:06

A touching and sentimental video full of love and appreciation from a son for his father who taught him and inspired him to play music. "Cookie-tin Banjo" was produced by London based Radish Pictures and directed by Peter Baynton who was backed by a talented team of animators. The song is by Benjamin Scheuer and can be purchased at iTunes by following this link.

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'The Legend of the Flying Tomato' - Ringling
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:49

There's a reason why the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida is considered one of the very best animation schools in the USA and the world. Their students create excellent content. Take for example this film by Michael Yates, Aurry Tan and Sharon Huang. It's entitled "The Legend of the Flying Tomato". The production quality is as good as any studio work and the narrative is fun and engaging. Have a look and enjoy the video... 

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'Collet 45' - Joe Pearson - 80s / 90s Vintage
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:45

In the late 1980s and early 1990s there was burgeoning activity among independent minded artists in the LA area animation community. As the Second Golden Age was taking off artists such as Joe Pearson were actively involved in producing independent content. Joe created a short film entitled "Collet 45" which became an underground favorite. This was the project that got him going and eventually led to the formation of Epoch Ink Animation and Joe Pearson's "War of the Worlds: Goliath" which was released earlier this year.

It started with Collet 45 and I'm happy to report that after all these years the video is now online. It's been modified to accommodate a theme song so some of the original dialog has been overdubbed but you can still see this groundbreaking project. It was animated in Kiev in the Ukraine. Collet 45 is a remnant from an exciting era in animation before the Internet. At a time when independent productions were few and far between Joe was a pioneer in our community.

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