Making Magic Behind the Scenes

Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles—and so many others—had exceptionally talented backup singers who helped make them famous, though those singers are much less well known. In truth, the same thing could probably be said for most artistic genres and, fortunately, there are events that help recognize some of those unsung folks, like the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

Nature Will Prevail

L.A.-based art director Sasha Vinogradova’s animated short Forest is an environmentally conscious fairy tale that doubles as a grim fable about humans’ capacity for destruction. Made with Cinema 4D, Arnold, and After Effects, Forest is a milestone in Vinogradova’s fast-developing career as a visual artist and art director.

Art Under Quarantine

Spurred on by the free time imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Brussels-based motion graphics artist Fabian Aerts decided to fulfill his dream of creating a TV title sequence.

Love, Myth and the Moon

When freelance animation director and designer, Russ Etheridge teamed up with his wife, Ayndrilla Singharay, to make a fantastical film loosely based on a Hindu myth, they didn’t plan on their production schedule coinciding with the birth of their first child. But things don’t always go as planned and, looking back, they can hardly believe they managed to finish Armstrong, a 10-minute 2D/3D short about love and strength and what happens when the moon suddenly disappears.

Rise of the Stormtroopers

Sekani Solomon’s short film, Star Wars: The Last Stand, was viewed nearly 2 million times in the first two months after he posted it on YouTube. It was a pleasant surprise, to say the least, Solomon says, particularly since the film was a personal project that started out as a gag when he was working as a motion designer at Imaginary Forces in 2016.

Lost in Thought

Electronic music producer and visual artist Edmond Huszar started putting his music out on SoundCloud in 2010 under the name, OVERWERK, and his life has never been the same.

Machine

A behind-the-scenes look at a new film about artificial intelligence by the creators of Chef’s Table. Anyone who has watched a lot of science fiction knows it’s never a good idea to get on AI’s bad side. Get snarky with Siri and Alexa, and future artificial intelligence might just make an example of you during the robot apocalypse.

Audiences Just Aren’t Feelin’ It.

Sometimes burnout can be a good thing. At least it was recently for Cinema 4D/After Effects and Octane artist David Ariew. After finishing up a grueling full-CG music video for artist Janelle Kroll, it was time to start another massive project—a new music video for Michael Marquart’s band, A Bad Think. “But I had a huge case of blank-slate syndrome,” Ariew recalls, explaining that the whole video was shot on green screen so everything that would exist behind Michael, the singer, was totally up in the air.