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April 11-14 2019 Klaipėda
BLON Animation and Games Festival

New Wave Animation

You are invited to experience new flavours of the most prominent and innovative animation. Get inspired and thrilled by new visual inventions.
The programme showcases artwork engaging new methodologies and practices, like real-time engines, motion-capture, machine learning, algorithmic animation, glitch, hyperrealistic materials etc.
Photorealistic imagery which took years to create is generated in a few minutes by algorithms. It seems so easy to create amazing art today. However, there’s a great deal of low-quality production made and few meaningful masterpieces.

After the Friday screening you are invited to the informal discussion panel “What is our creative role in times when the computer does the job?” and reflect on future of creativity in the age of artificial intelligence and powerful computing easily accessible to the masses.

Greatness

4 min 30 s / 2017 / China

Greatness is a code-based generative lyrics video directed and programmed for the track Greatness produced by Karma Fields featuring Talib Kweli. The entire lyrics video consists of multiple variations of a customized generative system programmed using Processing.

Directed by Raven Kwok

Hype Cycle

2 min 38 s / 2018 / UK

Hype Cycle ­is a series of futurist films exploring human-machine collaboration through performance and emerging technologies.

Directed by Matt Pyke
Company - Universal Everything

Volumes

3 min 5 s / 2018 / Russia

Volumes is a 4K Full CG art film exploring the juxtaposition of emotions with the laws of nature. Billions of colourful particles dance, play and communicate with each other in an eternal hypnotic ballet governed by the invisible forces.

Directed by Maxim Zhestkov

FAZUA

47 s / 2018 / Germany

This abstract and modern video visualizes the main features of Fazua e-bike engine. It is super light, it fits in many different setups and at the speed of 25km/h the engine disconnects from the bike, which let's you easily continue paddling with higher speeds.

Directed by Vincent Schwenk

Ata

3 min 42 s / 2016 / Japan

Using openFrameworks to code optical illusion of spatial perception.

Directed by Baku Hashimoto

Fest

2 min 55 s / 2018 / Germany

A suburbian blockparty. Rave, drone, bbq and icecream. Then a stunt.

Directed by Nikita Diakur

Awaken Akira

58 s / 2018 / China, USA

Awaken Akira was created by two friends, Ash Thorp and Zaoeyo (XiaoLin Zeng), who wanted to collaborate on a tribute to the iconic anime, Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. It’s creation took over a year, as we had to coordinate our time on it with other project commitments. We hope you find it was well worth the wait and truly enjoy our efforts.

Directors: Ash Thorp and Zaoeyo (XiaoLin Zeng)

Molasses

42 s / 2018 / Italy

As the Molasses flavors are brought to life through abstract paintings, each one an artistic representation of the taste it is named for, we drew inspiration from the iconic graphic element of the Molasses packs, the very brushstroke decoding this neat concept through 3D play involving liquid colorful paint, dynamic brush effects and product.

Direction: Ditroit
Produced by Ada Korvafaj
Company - Ditroit

Significant Otherness

1 min / 2019 / Australia

The relationship humans have with technology is being redefined, and the divide between humans and machines is getting increasingly narrower. We set off to explore this relationship from an intimate angle. Subtle. Suggestive. Elegant. Powerful. We did so by introducing a set of unconnected scenes that indirectly represent what goes on inside one’s body when getting closer, establishing a connection and finally consummating the union with a significant other. In that case, that significant other is represented by technology.

Produced by Ailin Brunner
Company: Onesal Japan

Box

5 min 14 s / 2013 / USA

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.

Produced by GMUNK
Company - Bot & Dolly

Geometry of Artificial Intelligence

58 s / 2018 / Canada

The intention was to show how a digital thought evolves, how AI becomes self aware and re-structures its physiology, constructs layers of digital consciousness, creating a tapestry, architecting a new law of physics. Design is inspired by neural networks, spiderwebs and patterns in nature. Designed for Ash Thorp’s “Edifice”.

Directed by Serjan Burlak

Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Grant

3 min 16 s / 2018 / Sweden

Meet Grant: A determined man with true grit. Set in a grim and dire situation Grant finds refuge in the one and only abandoned car in the middle of nowhere. A full CG monologue where he has time to ponder about his past.

Directed by Fredrik Löfberg
Produced by Goodbye Kansas Studios

Forms

2 min 20 s / 2012 / UK

Forms is a series of studies on human motion, and its reverberations through space and time.

Directors: Quayola, Memo Akten
Produced by Beccy McCray
Company - Nexus Interactive Arts

A New Hope

2 min 38 s / 2019 / Australia

'A New Hope' is a challenging metaphor for everyone affected by the tech age that still considers some developments today as normal in our culture, traditions and society.

Directors: Alex Mikhaylov, Max Chelyadnikov
Company - Loop

CLOUDS

4 min 40 s / 2015 / USA

CLOUDS is an interactive documentary and a portrait of this community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. The project asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms play an important role in shaping culture. Shot entirely with kinect camera.

Directors: Jonathan Minard, James George
Producer: Winslow Porter

Hyper-Reality

6 min 15 s / 2016 / UK

Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.

Directed by Keiichi Matsuda
Producers: Wu Yu Zhou, Carlson Bull
Company - Fractal

Velcro

53 s / 2018 / Australia

With the burr plant at its core, the film explores one of the most notorious examples of bio-mimicry, drawing the parallels between the technology and the nature that inspired it.

Directors: Alexa Sirbu & Lukas Vojir
Producers: Alexa Sirbu & Lukas Vojir

Diesel New Natures SS16

1 min 39 s / 2016 / UK

Continuing the theme of New Natures, six individual films pick up on the obsessions of our digital culture, and mimic visual mechanisms that have become part of our culture – through minimal graphical interventions on lush tropical scenery.

Directed by Marcus Wendt
Produced by FIELD www.field.io

Infinite Futures

1 min / 2017 / Australia

Art and animation of an integrated brand campaign for the University of Melbourne showcasing its distinctive curriculum, the Melbourne Model.
Based on actual ongoing research projects of the University, Onesal crafted 16 abstract fantastic landscapes illustrating the many possible futures.

Directed by Nahuel Salcedo
Produced by Ailin Brunner
Company - Onesal Japan

PreBirth

1 min 42 s / 2018 / USA

Ever wonder where all these babies are coming from? 🤔
Prepare for the sound of babies giggling as their animated avatars are bashed about something terrible by hooded aliens in the middle of a desert.

Directed by Mike Diva
Company - Lord Danger

Qubo

33 s / 2019 / USA

Visuals for retail shelving system Qubo.

Directed by Santi Zoraidez

Orbis Integra

2 min 32 s / 2016 / USA

Orbis Integra witnesses the unleashing of a world in which there is a willful, conscious impulse in nature. Where the cymatic phenomena are experienced as transitory objects. Kinetic monuments that show us the shape of a frequency that would otherwise remain invisible. Unperceived. Unknown.

Directed by GMUNK
Produced by Gayatri Roshan
Company - JOJX

The Shark in the Park

3 min 3 s / 2018 / Germany

The Shark in the Park visualizes the growth and development process of a special strawberry species called “Parco Pistris” which has been discovered by a Korean scientifical research group KSPRI in 2016. Film features all of the actually pretty stunning facts about the plant and still be entertaining in order to bring the piece not only to a biology focused but wider and younger audience.

Directed by Polynoid
Produced by Selina Schmitt
Company - Woodblock

Book of the Dead

3 min 35 s / 2018 / USA

A first-person interactive story showcasing the capabilities of Unity 2018 for powering high-end visuals for game productions.

Directed by Veselin Efremov
Company - Unity

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