Motion Weekly 25

Mar 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm by nickcharles

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

Though my original goal with this segment was to specifically highlight motion graphics and animated short films, it had evolved to also showcase incredible live-action, outstanding cinematography, and wicked cool experimental works. It's all motion, it's all inspiring. So, take the time to kick back and have a look at some fantastic work being produced out there. And, if you like what you see in this segment, please share it.


I'll begin the selections for this Motion Weekly with an incredible shortfilm that utilizes stellar aerial cinematography, and mirrors the footage throughout. I would love to see this piece on a large screen. If you are doing work in the sci-fi genre, this is great inspiration for futuristic cities. 

Reflections from Colin Rich on Vimeo.

Welcome to the city of your dreams. A place both familiar and unfamiliar. An endless reflection. Enjoy the ride.

Aerial Cinematography + Direction by Colin Rich

Deer Dog Visuals


Here is another absolutely stunning piece. It is a visual poem, with soothing narration, gorgeous colors and imagery, and the most relaxing film I've ever watched. Seriously, you have to watch this full-screen, with no distractions, and let it take you away. Expertly crafted using Cinema 4D, you must see the behind the scenes page here.

Dream from Sofie Lee on Vimeo.

One day, I saw this dazzling darkness, and it devoured me. Then, I no longer existed.

We often tend to dream, expect, and imagine the things we wished we had. Dreaming is a catalyst for a better future. However, I see dreams in two different ways. One being that dreams give off a sense of motivation and the other that dreams create a sense of delusion within. As humans, our dreams block us from seeing the things that are right in front of us. Although dreams are meant to keep us alive, they also make us forget our existence and our purpose. In the end, our lack of awareness of our surroundings can drive us to forget who we really are.

The project, Dream, is a short film that is created based on a visual poem, “Lonely Wintry Moon,” which I wrote portraying myself losing my existence to follow this invisible dream.

Directed by Sofie Lee

Design : Sofie Lee
Animation Direction : Omid Seraj

Voice Over : Stella Stocker

Music : Wesley Slover, Joe Basile / 
Sound : Joe Basile 
Mix : Trevor Richardson

Behind the Scenes :

Death-Cap Mushrooms are Terrifying and Unstoppable

As an educational shortfilm, this piece was expertly crafted with style and flow. Beautiful to watch, I really have to applaud the creators for the wonderfully detailed work on a deadly subject.

Death-Cap Mushrooms are Terrifying and Unstoppable from The Atlantic on Vimeo.

Most poisonous mushrooms won’t kill you—they’ll simply cause a severe headache or vomiting. Death-cap mushrooms are not like the others. As little as half an Amanita phalloides contains enough toxin to kill an adult human. Ingestion of the poison in death-cap mushrooms, known as amatoxin, is responsible for 90 percent of deaths related to mushroom poisoning worldwide. Worse still, death caps can resemble nontoxic mushrooms and are said to be quite tasty. You might not know you’ve been poisoned until days after eating the highly toxic fungi.

While the mushrooms are historically endemic to Scandinavia and parts of northern Europe, the cultivation of non-native species of trees in North America has led to a “mushroom boom” in some areas of the continent.

Life Up Close is a project of The Atlantic, supported by the HHMI Department of Science Education.

The Immune System Explained I - Bacteria Infection

Another well done educational piece. Maybe not as 'flashy' as the previously showcased piece, but very effectively accomplished. The narration is perfect, and the information is very well presented.

Every second of your life you are under attack. Bacteria, viruses, spores and more living stuff wants to enter your body and use its resources for itself. The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival. Without it you would die in no time. This sounds simple but the reality is complex, beautiful and just awesome. An animation of the immune system.

We are thinking of making an App for tablets out of this video. Would you like that? Did you think the visual system we developed worked? Feedback is much appreciated!

You can get the MUSIC of the video here:

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