2d / 3d Stylistic Hybrids: Ben Hibon and Bo Mathorne

Ben Hibon studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and initially applied his strong illustrative style to Flash animation. His first major film Full Moon Safari, created at Unit 9, was drawn exclusively in Flash with no 3d software used. The three dimensional style he used was entirely worked out in the drawings. Made in 2001, this film featured on the first Onedotzero DVD in 2003 and won awards at the OFFF and Flashforward festivals.

Full Moon Safari from Nosebleed Productions on Vimeo.

Since then Ben has directed a series of commercials and idents. In Codehunters, a short film for MTV Asia, his signature style is clear although the animation is created in a hybrid mixture of comic style art, hand drawn textures and CGI. This film won many major awards in 2006-7.

Codehunters from axisanimation on Vimeo.

More recently, Ben has directed animation sequences for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Created in CGI, his own drawn aesthetic still comes through clearly.

2d / 3d hybrid styles were a big feature in this year’s Onedotzero festival. The Blackwater Gospel, (Bo Mathorne, The Animation Workshop, Denmark, 2011) combines hand-drawn backgrounds and textures with CGI to create a stylish and ¬†fully integrated visual environment.

The Backwater Gospel from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

Onedotzero: Adventures in Motion 2011

Tickets are on sale for the next Onedotzero festival at London’s BFI, which runs from¬†23-27 November 2011. Featuring a feast of innovative, contemporary animation and motion graphics from around the world this festival is a must-see! It’s particularly important to support the festival since it lost its government funding in the recent cuts and may not be so ambitious in scale in future years.

For more information check out the Onedotzero website.

onedotzero_adventures in motion 2011 preview from onedotzero on Vimeo.

La Linea

A short film by Osvaldo Cavandoli from the La Linea TV series which aired on Italian TV from 1971 – 1986. This film is a great example of minimalist design: less is more!

The influence of the La Linea films can be seen in contemporary motion graphics and commercials, for example Raimund Krumme’s commercial for Hilton Hotels.

“Dancing Couple” for Hilton Hotels from Acme Filmworks on Vimeo.