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Hi everyone! Thanks to the fine people at Cartoonbrew, my film “Ophelia: Love & Privacy_Settings” is part of this year’s CBTV Student Festival an finally online for everyone to view! Please enjoy and check out all the other fantastic films.
Thanks again to all of the wonderful people who helped to make Ophelia!
As I slowly descend into the depths of a new land called Drangleic, I turn one last time to say farewell to the lands of Lordran. To say farewell to the men, the brothers, the sons I encountered. The figures that stood by my side, but were lost to the Abyss.
Your bodies may turn to rotten flesh, but your dark souls I shall carry with me.
This is a farewell to Artorias, Siegmeyer, Solaire and Havel.
UPDATE: There is now a Qwertee vote for this illustration. If you’d like to see the Bros of Lordran on a t-shirt, please vote for it! Thank you! :)
"The Present" by Jacob Frey
Here’s a project I worked on last year, Jacob Frey’s shortfilm “The Present”.
It’s really beautiful, if you have the opportunity to see the film on festivals please go and support our film :)
I made some very early preproduction paintings, for scene ideas, color moods, lighting designs. I also designed the living room the film plays in, with set dressing, prop design and architectural studies. During production I’d also do overpaints over renders for lighting clues, BG re-arrangements and composition changes. For some of these lighting studies I even did rough lighting setups with Renderman!(out of all renderers…)
Here are some of the lighting and color moods. Enjoy!
Robert Redford’s sideburns in “Three Days of the condor” are epic. :D
Guys, I am happy to announce that I’m now being represented as animation director by Woodblock!
Woodblock is the new animation production house born out of the clan of the Polynoid, with locations in Berlin, Ludwigsburg and Munich! Check out the website woodblock.tv to see the good work and spirit on offer. Next to the Polynoid guys, the kickass team of directors consists of Physalia, Regina Welker, Gottfried Mentor, collective Crave and yours truly, the Biniman.
"The 100 Mega Shock! Videogames will never be the same again!", Auguste and his friends thought, while their wallets gently weeped.
-Color Study in Photoshop
A Perfect Drawing
I’m currently reading Ivan Brunetti’s “Cartooning” (which is a very enjoyable book), and its inner title drawing struck me. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why, but I absolutely love this drawing, and in a way, I think it’s actually perfect. Maybe it’s the composition, the line quality, its textures. The expressed emotions of happyness and contentness, the slightly crooked leg of the woman(?) on the left, her hair. I have looked at it for hours, and will continue to do so for a little more.
Good news everyone!
#PartyBueno is finished! We got over 700 (!!!!) characters submitted by you guys. Incredible! I don’t know what to say… Check out the game over at newgrounds:
See all the cool, cute, funny, disturbing and slightly perverted characters, which were uploaded, over here:
Thanks to the Major Bueno guys Bene and Majus for letting me help with the game and the poster, and for bringing me along to the Spielsalon Kassel. We sat with our workstations next to the festival-bar and workedworkedworked while people were drinking, which means partying and working at the same time! Not only was it fun, but the students of the Kunshochschule Kassel who organized the whole event were kind and generous. Uli, we miss you! :)
Thanks also to the volunteers making music for our game, especially the amazing mad polish scientist of video games, Sosowski, who made some on-the-fly 90ies Trance-Techno-music for our game while sitting at the bar. You can listen to his tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/sosowski/sets/party-bueno
Shitty Techno never sounded so awesome!
Party is nice, Party is Bueno!
Want to draw a character and join a big virtual party with nice chaps, gorgeous dancers and hilarious hosts? Look no further! My friends of MajorBueno are finishing their year of One-Game-a-Month, and everybody is invited!
Head over to
to watch the video and upload your character, and see and play all of them in the final game on the 1. December! This is gonna be a good one…
You might know these fine people who have already contributed, among many others:
- Tim Schafer
- Pendleton Ward
- Natasha Allegri
- Scott Campbell
- Nathan “Bagel” Stapley
- David Hellman
- Graham Annable
- Joscha Sauer
- and many more..
Important: Please listen to Earth, Wind and Fire’s "September" while making your character!!! Trust me, it’s gonna be better.
This is the poster Majus and Bene asked me to make for this event. Thanks to them and the whole team for the fun! The titlefont was slightly inspired by the japanese Laputa font….
DO YOU REMEM-BAH!? OvO
Check out these film festivals where you can see our film "Ophelia: Love & Privacy_Settings"
- Short Short Story Film Festival, Nov. 30th in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In the fittingly named “Headtrip” Program…
- Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, 6.Dec.2013, in Stuttgart , Germany. Our lovely domestic festival, which focuses on Films made in Baden-Württemberg.
- Cineastic Gondolas, 14. Dec. 2013, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria. If I understand vorrectly, the films of this Festival will be shown inside a gondola… This must be amazing!
A big thank you to all the nice people at film festivals for screening our film! :)
And here’s an english translation of the interview with the nice guys from animationsfilme.ch from a few weeks ago.
AniCH: Which idea or objective stood at the start of this project ? Which were the main issues for you?
Bin Han To: Originally I didn’t want to do a thesis film on my own and preferred to focus on other project work, but my professor Andreas Hykade had the feeling that maybe I had something to ” say”. Privacy in the digital age is an issue which interests me in my spare time, and at a fun pub night friends and I came up with the idea to cartoonify this theme, to exaggerate it in an accessible and humorous way. It was not my intention to discuss the entire topic, to enlighten it from different angles and to present solutions; that’s not the strength of a three-minute animated comedy. It is enough for me if the movie is fun, and at the end maybe makes you think a little about the problem of privacy loss.
On another personal level, the visual design of the film was also a main point for me - visual development is my speciality and I particularly love the work with colors and light. I found it attractive
You are directly responsible for what you put into the world. Yet every day designers all over the world work on projects without giving any thought or consideration to the impact that work has on the world around them….
Oh, this talk on vimeo by Mike Monteiro is a good one!
Freedom leads to Power, but Power comes with Responsibility.
There’s an extensive interview with yours truly about my film Ophelia: Love & Privacy_Settings oder at animationsfilme.ch. Thanks to the fine people there for the really interesting questions; they certainly provided some food for thought.
We talk about obvious things like the ideas and inspiration behind the film, its influences but also the particular process of designing and structuring the film, its look, the characters and the narrative.
Unfortunately, it’s german only at the moment. I’ll see if I can translate some of it…