I love tactile animation & design. It’s my favourite kind of work to do. I love getting away from the computer screen and building something physical, I love the charm of real world imperfections. So this naturally brought a smile to my face:
I have recently joined creative forces with Johan Scheepers, previously of Luma Animation and fellow motion graphics artiste, and we are setting up shop in the creative hub that is the c/o 4th & 7th in Linden, Johannesburg.
Well, I’d like to think that I came up with the term but, as with most ‘original’ thoughts, it seems it has been around for quite a while. A quick Google search reveals results from the fantastical Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer, haptic devices, stop motion and so on.
For me (and since I hold sway over the keyboard), I am going to use the term for any form of animation that uses primarily non-digital media. That is, no slick 3D, no smooth motion graphics work, just charcoal, cardboard, lightbulbs and the like. Obviously I am not going to nitpick, almost everything is touched by digital in some way these days, but I am looking for pieces where the artists have stepped out of the constrictive frame frame of the computer screen and made something tangible, something that you can touch…something tactile.
Following are some of my favourite pieces of ‘tactile animation’, stuff that I wish I had done…
Lightbox Music Video
Husbands – “Dream”
The Making of…
Many of these projects have a charming DIY aesthetic to them. And no matter how easy it is to create something similar in After Effects or the like, there is an undeniable magic to the realness of this piece.
AKQA Cristmas Card
This is an classic from a couple years ago. So inventive, so captivating, so memorable. Job well done!
Every now and then I come across piece of work that makes me jealous – jealous because I wish I had done it.
This is a beautifully minimalist project from one of my favourite designer/animators. The 2D character work is really well done and the sparse environments are perfect. Plus it’s a good cause to boot.
We’ll start off with a music video that inspired me to do my own stop motion work. It’s the Bubblicious music video from Rex The Dog. I love the simple DIY look & feel and the way the ‘behind-the-scenes’ is worked into the narrative showing off the process and making it even more interesting. Really nice work.
Much Better Now
Next is another piece that brings along a smile from Salon Alpin, a Portuguese studio. This integrates a 3D character into a stop motion background. The result is seamless and looks like loads of painstaking effort. It pays off though…
This one’s a classic and remarkable since it’s a student project. From Bang-yao Liu.
Time to Go
One last one I came across recently: a beautiful piece from Melbourne-based studio Oh Yeah Wow for Wax Tailor: ‘Time To Go’. Strong concept, smoothly executed.
Hmmm, time to get out my Nikon and make some puppets…
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