Inspirational Motion Weekly

January 1, 2015 11:03 pm

Tags: 2D, 3D, Animation, Film, Filmmaking, Motion Graphics

The Inspirational 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.

Now, I know there are many members among us here working in animation, and I would like to extend an invitation to those members to show us your work. I would love to feature you in the next edition! Please drop me a line at with the subject line: Inspirational Motion Weekly.

That said, here are a few really fantastic works I recently found...

The Year of the Sheep

Clever minimal short created by Steven Greenwalt with Illustrator and After Effects, to bring in the New Year...



2014 was the year of the horse and 2015 is the year of the sheep, according to the Chinese calendar. The Chinese New Year isn't until February but I wanted to use these subjects as inspiration for this short animation anyway. All animated by hand in After Effects in about a day. Very minimal and fun.

Steven Greenwalt

I am a motion designer and a creative thinker with the ability to create something awesome from nothing using motion graphics. While working with a wide range of clients, large and small I've had the opportunity to meet great people and teams from all over. In much of my work I have a clean and minimal style and believe that less is more in most situations.


NTV Idents Package

I absolutely love this motion graphic ident package put together by Dirty Cheap Creative...



*WINNER* Bassawards Best TV Channel Branding - Gold Prize

We were commissioned by NTV to create a family of idents for it's recently 16:9 broadcast .

Client: NTV Radyo ve Televizyon Yayınciligi A.S.
Director&Designer: Mehmet Kizilay
Animaton: Mehmet Kizilay, Ahmet Serif Yildirim
Sound: Mehmet Kizilay

About Dirty Cheap Creative

Dirty Cheap Creative is a creative animation and film studio located in Istanbul Turkey. We are a team of talents to create film, video, 3D, stop motion, claymation, motion graphics animations and provide complete production services inhouse. Although we focus on digital media, we have been creating content and advertising for mainstream increasingly in the last year.


Here's a fantastic work from James Alliban, in which the slit-scan technique was used. More info on slit-scan here...



Nova is an experimental study of the visual arts technique slit scan with a particular focus on emphasising its spacial and temporal properties. The slit scan image is created using video footage of bioluminescent deep sea creatures, particularly Comb Jellyfish. These creatures acted as a source of inspiration for the form and animation. The resulting structure resembles a surreal organism that is locked into an ever-increasing state of perpetual growth, decay and transformation.

Music - No Idea by Luk Dab -

More info here -

About James Alliban

James Alliban is a visual artist and interaction designer. He uses new technology to build unique creative experiences with a view to engage, delight, surprise and question, often with the aim to connect virtual and physical spaces. James’ research and artistic practice ranges from interactive environments to generative art to creative tools for mobile platforms. Working mainly with gesture and the human form, his work often adopts an abstract aesthetic while offering unique forms of creative expression. By exploring the experiential nature of technology, he aims to encourage play and generate curiosity.


Very cool animation from Franco E, created with Toon Boom, Photoshop, and After Effects...



In the wild Sonoran desert, the greatest criminal of the Far-West suffers the wrath of a four years old child after stealing her ice cream cone.

I animated this with Toonboom Harmony, and did my backgrounds in photoshop. I used After Effects for compositing, and Adobe Audition for sound.
Huge Thank you to Léa Sanacore for the amazing music ( ),
Lou Victor and Vanessa Bouchard for the voice acting (

My Website:
Contact e-mail :

I invite any Renderosity artist who wishes to share their own animation work, as well as their own inspirational findings from around the web. Just drop me a line at with the subject line: Inspirational Motion Weekly.

Inspirational Motion Weekly Poll
Would you like to see this series continue?
Created Monday, December 8, 2014 12:15am


Nick C. Sorbin is a digital artist, sculptor, writer, musician, and Managing Editor for Renderosity's CG Industry News.
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