What’s The Best Motion, Animation And VFX Work of 2011?


Well despite the weird climate change weather and the European financial meltdown, there dosn’t seem to be anything wrong with people’s creative urges.  It is often said that recessions bring more escapism to the creative fore – see what you think as we have a look at our favourite picks of animation, motion graphic and computer generated pieces from 2011.  We will put these before an industry Jury in Jan 2012 and let you know who the winners of each category are.  Your votes/comments can count towards this – so let us know what you think, or if we have left someone out…

Best Piece of  Television Branding

Some great work in this category this year notably Jon Yeo’s Sky 3D idents

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/29389973 w=573&h=322]

Also Double G Studios’ T4 Robots

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/18625012 w=573&h=322]

Dixon Baxi’s Kommersant ident

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/31205203 w=573&h=322]Discovery UK’s refresh

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/25871689 w=573&h=322]

and finally Channel 4’s Usain Bolt Ident

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28099069 w=573&h=322]

Commercial Graphics

In this category we have  Dentsu Studio’s balletically beautiful Canon Pixma ad

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/15215534 w=573&h=322]

Also Saam Farahmand’s “Machine” for Soulwax is quite mindbending, but like his video for The Klaxons, it’s sexy, odd and compelling

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/30905088 w=573&h=322]

Best Television Promo

We think this is a difficult category to work in because budgets are not as good as those for channel branding or commercials work – which is why strong creative ideas that look great on a budget stand out.

Nominated are Eli Zaccour’s Art Revealed for BBC

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/26942170 w=573&h=322]

The Monaco Grand Prix F1 trailer by Turquoise for BBC

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/24171914 w=573&h=322]

and Creative Nut’s Dexter Promo

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/19480931 w=573&h=322]

Best Outdoor Event Graphics

There are not many companies in this category that have come to our attention – luckily they are amazing so, here are a few of their works…

The Dark Room’s Goodwood projections

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28110583 w=573&h=322]

Shangri’La Projections at Glastonbury 2011

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/26127526 w=573&h=322]

and MIE’s very cool 188 Bet Live Video game

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/26476759 w=573&h=322]

Best VFX

This is still an area we are developing on dotmogo and we are eager for more people to come forward with submissions for us.  However there are some great contenders here already – see what you think…

Burrell Durrant Hifle’s Wonders of The Universe  graphics for the BBC

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28456790 w=573&h=322]

The Mill’s work on the Primeval Series

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QAdq_gq_zxk w=573&h=322]

Best Animation Short

After Salesman Pete, Team Cerf’s came up with another tour de force in Meet Buck – you will not believe that so much could happen in four minutes, or that a guy with a deer’s head is dating a human girl – amazing!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/17535548 w=573&h=322]

We must also mention the folks at Treat Studios – with their hand drawn high-energy creative styles. In particular their video for Crystal Antlers

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/26856392 w=573&h=322]

Best 2D animation

Sander van Dijk ‘s piece for Pause Fest in Melbourne

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/31646545 w=573&h=322]

A great Saul Bass inspired charity video from Brand New School and Antidote for the Only The Brave Foundation

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28460461 w=573&h=322]

Best Experimental Graphics

this is where art in firmly in control over commerce and there are some very imaginative pieces here – we would also be open to more nominations for this category (or any category for that matter…)

Stuart Sinclair amazed us with his macro lens experiments

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/27372959 w=573&h=322]

and Tell No One amazed us with their Francis-Bacon-like Metanoia experiment.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/24464786 w=573&h=322]

So that’s it for now – let us know what you think and we will get back to you in January with the results…Season’s Greetings and get some rest…(we will be)

Author: Tim Rabjohns

Audio Strategist at Make This Noise and blogger at dotmogo

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