Evolution and Animation

Two things that both take a long time.

Here are a few things I found on the web this morning that I really like. First up is the one I really believe in (but not in a religious way, ’cuz we don’t worship him):

Darwin. Change.

Next is a University of Johannesburg ad (Click to embiggen. Yes, it’s a real word.):

U of J education ad

(Both images found at 9gag.)

Finally, this is completely off topic, but it’s a brilliant stop-motion animation. Modern CGI can be quite good, but you have to admire people who still do it old school.

12 Responses to “Evolution and Animation”

  1. Brian Says:

    How can I get one of those shirts? I don’t even have a guess as to how long that video took to make, but its very well done.

  2. ericsan Says:

    I’m suspicious that it wasn’t done “old school,” it’s way too neat. There may have been some clever rotoscoping taking place, otherwise the post-its would not be so perfectly motionless when they change color. Still, it’s very cute and well done.

  3. Adam Says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the design originated at Zazzle.com . Just search “darwin obama shirt.” I’ve had the picture as my facebook pic for weeks now.

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Ericsan:

    I’m suspicious that it wasn’t done “old school,” it’s way too neat.

    That’s a good point I hadn’t thought of. If that’s the case, it completely debases the work.

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    I found the making-of video. They pre-animated it in Flash, then projected each frame onto the wall and placed the Post-Its in the matching locations. They didn’t cheat after all. I guess it’s a compliment when the animation is so smooth you think it isn’t real.

  6. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Using a flash animation to help position the object was a fantastic idea! Sort of interesting that they had to use tape to hold up the sticky notes (i guess the built-in stickiness wore off).

    I love the music…

  7. ericsan Says:

    Oh, wow, awesome! The making of is even cooler, thanks!

  8. Kiro Says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t see an animation in this post?

  9. Ron Britton Says:

    Apparently. It’s an embedded YouTube video. Make sure you have the Flash plug-in and can see YouTube videos on other sites.

  10. Bart v.d. M. Says:

    Saw the vid a while ago, if you search around YouTube you´ll find a lot of awesome stop motion stuff. Like this for instance:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0LtUX_6IXY .

  11. Ron Britton Says:

    That’s the problem with YouTube. One video leads to another. The next thing you know, you’ve wasted two hours.

  12. OtherRob Says:

    That’s the problem with YouTube. One video leads to another. The next thing you know, you’ve wasted two hours.

    Two hours? Lightweight! ;)