Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Strömming Along to the Music

Swedish animator Kristofer Ström came to prominence last year with his stunning combination of live-action and weird cartoonish characters set to the music of Minilogue. it went around the internet circuits for a while and its really impressive technically and is also just a plain fun music video. my best guess is that they did the handheld camera thing (and moves) in After Effects in order to keep the animation registered. check it out if you haven't already:

Minilogue - Animals from ljudbilden on Vimeo.

if you're curious as to what would happen if his style was appropriated by the commercial world, look no further:

Pacemaker - this is how it works from ljudbilden on Vimeo.

and for a melange of different styles and a change from his immensely popular technique, check out this compilation of some of the animation work he's done for Swedish Television:

KOBRA - a compilation from ljudbilden on Vimeo.

alot of his straight forward morphing animation on whiteboards reminds me of Emile Cohl's 1908 animation Fantasmagorie. this is the only fragment that exists:

oh, and be sure to check out Ström's blog. and his facebook graffiti illustrations:

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