Friend of the blog, Irish animator Ben Harper, recently put his 3rd year animation studies short film online.
Blip from Sean Mullen on Vimeo.
Two aliens try to take over the same planet.
Ben & Sean did a really great job of making simple things work. They didn't get bogged down in a lot of minutae, but instead focused on clean design, a fun animation style and crystal clear storytelling. I love simple things done really well and this little short just oozes a kind of whimsy that I like to see. Ben recently graduated from the Irish School of Animation. He's still working on finalizing his graduation thesis film titled "Mischief", an interesting little 2d effort. He's also quite active in trying to further develop the Irish animation scene with his involvement in a local animator's networking event called the Pegbar. You Irish animator types oughta check it out. My wife and I had the pleasure of enjoying a nice dinner with Ben on a blisteringly cold night when we were in Dublin this past January. We ate a Polish restaurant, ordering from menus we could not read. Overall a dandy time!
One more bit of Irish housekeeping here on the blog of Lango... Brown Bag Films has recently put up their own studio blog and it's a dandy little number. Check it out!