Talent-spotters: Ravensbourne animation
Our guest reporter Steve Smith went along to this year's Rave2012 - the graduation show for Ravensbourne - to watch the BA Animation reel. The animation course breeds a blend of very able CGI technicians (some having already worked at post houses like Framestore) and more traditional filmmakers and 2D artists. The films themselves are kept short, and are often collaborative efforts. Here are some of the best pieces of work.
Creation by Owen Jackson is a simple but quite compelling clip constructed from surreal typography. More like an ident than a film, it has a quiet sophistication that works as neat counterpoint to the other, more attention-grabbing films on show.
Talking of which, Going Down seemed to be the most talked about, and well realised film here. A short zombie flick with great characterisation, modelling, lighting and texturing; its only failure was in the slightly slapdash editing. With a film-only website already in place, the team of graduates (David Fish, Greg Martin, Joseph Henson, Nicholas Georgeou, Oliver Kane, and Stephanie Joy) clearly know what they're doing.
Devil in the Works by Gerome Oldfield & Deon Litchmore was perhaps the most visually impressive film, fashioned like a music video. The clip succeeds in making the Houses of Parliament run like clockwork, which would be a dream for most people but it's seen as more of a dystopian nightmare, reminiscent of Gilliam's Brazil. The compositing and 3D visualisation is well done, but I could complain it's just a rather glorified fly-through.
Bugged Off by directors Maik Pham Quang and Natalia Altavilla is another well-realised film, showing good technical skills in 3D animation. Like Groundhog Day with flies, the story is succinct, but the timing is sometimes a little off.
Guard Dog (Director: Malachi Richking) is a crude, comic farce with nice touches, but could be summed up as a title sequence for an adult sit-com.
Conversely, I Wanna be a Dinosaur by Gary Ralphs could be a teaser for a kids series. The animation is well made, with a painterly 2D style that isn't always consistent, but the humour and ideas in the dialogue are nicely delivered.
Scissors by Rob Bowles reminded me of Struwwelpeter's The Story of the Thumb-Sucker. Sadly the design, animation and compositing didn't live up to the illustrious concept.
Other films worth a mention, but sadly with no online links, are Dominique Urquhart's The Trouble with Drink, which is a dark voyage into an alcoholic's world, and Synaesthesia by Chrysovalantis Lazaridis - a gentle documentary about one girl's experience of the neurological condition.
CR for the iPad
Read in-depth features and analysis plus exclusive iPad-only content in the Creative Review iPad App. Longer, more in-depth features than we run on the blog, portfolios of great, full-screen images and hi-res video. If the blog is about news, comment and debate, the iPad is about inspiration, viewing and reading. As well as providing exclusive, iPad-only content, the app will also update with new content throughout each month. Try a free sample issue here
CR in Print
The July issue of Creative Review features a piece exploring the past and future of the dingbat. Plus a look at the potential of paper electronics and printed apps, how a new generation of documentary filmmakers is making use of the web, current logo trends, a review of MoMA New York's group show on art and type, thoughts on how design may help save Greece and much more. Also, in Monograph this month we showcase a host of rejected design work put together by two Kingston students.
Please note, CR is no longer stocked in WH Smith high street stores (although it can still be found in WH Smith travel branches at stations and airports). If you cannot find a copy of CR in your town, your independent newsagent can order it for you or you can search for your nearest stockist here. Alternatively, email Laura McQueen (email@example.com) or call her on 020 7970 4878 to buy a copy direct from us. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.
|Chelsea Graphic Design Communication show (6)|
|Uncle Grey's scratch vinyl posters (4)|
|Found creates engaging mixed-media campaign film (1)|
|Microsoft campaign takes over UK stations (16)|
|Staying creative (13)|
|Wenlock & Mandeville: London's Olympic mascots|
|Apple reveals sleek new iOS7|
|Ogilvy France creates useful posters for IBM|
|2013 UK degree show listings|
|Information is Beautiful Awards open for entries|