Quintessential tactile project: Tim Horton’s Soup

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:

TH Soup / BTS from tron.co on Vimeo.

The digital frame-by-frame animation, the 3D previs, hand-painting actual ceramic bowls…heck, even tinkering with electric motors – now that’s my idea of a good few days at the office!

And here is the final product:

TH Soup / Bowls from tron.co on Vimeo.

Actually, we recently worked on these titles for FOX which shared a similar workflow – lots of fun!

FIC ‘Brands to Believe’ in stop motion titles from MAAN on Vimeo.

The Power of Creativity

Sometimes, in the endless grind of paying the bills, we forgot how much power our artform possess…

“LILA” from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

I have exciting news!


I have exciting news!

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.

We go by the name MAAN CREATIVE and you can find some work we have done together herehere and here with some more info over here.


If you need anything that involves moving pixels then drop us a line, we’d love to help out.


Watch & weep…

Enough said!

Some amazing non commercial work

I am always amazed by some of the non-commercial work out there, mostly because – in the humdrum of paying the bills – it is so difficult to actually complete non paying work.

Here’s a bunch of great non commercial projects that actually got finished:

“Marvel” by Blackmeal

“Windows” by Conor Whelan

Tactile Animation: some favourites

So what is ‘tactile animation’?

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.

Singing Microwaves

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.

More of his work here.

Some of my favourite stop-motion pieces


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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