20 Beautiful Video Motion Pieces

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In this episode of our inspiration series, we present 20 examples of beautiful motions pieces: stop-motion, experiments, show reels, demos, paintings and more.

Motion Pieces

London (harder, better, faster, stronger)1
Stop-motion: more than 3000 pictures, all put together in less than 2 minutes.

Obama ’08 – Vote For Hope2
“Vote For Hope” was written to encourage and inspire the hip-hop generation, and everyone else, to get involved and contribute their time, energy and creativity.

World War – 3D Animation3
World War was created by Vincent Chai for his final degree project while studying 3-D Animation at the University Of Hertfordshire.

Love Story4
A short love story in stop-motion.

Fireplays5
A fireworks show for the 4th of July. Music by MGMT.

Scintillation6
An experimental film made up of over 35,000 photographs. It is an innovative mix of stop-motion and live projection mapping techniques.

Minilogue – Animals7
Animation and character design by Kristofer Ström.

Khoda8
More than 6,000 paintings were painstakingly produced over 2 years to create this 5-minute film that meets the creator’s high standards.

History of the Internet9
An animated documentary explaining inventions ranging from time sharing to file sharing, from ARPANET to Internet.

Origami In the Pursuit of Perfection10
Commissioned by the advertising agency Nordpol+Hamburg to tell the story of the Japanese sports brand ASICS.

Mykonos11
Stop-motion music video for Fleet Foxes.

Revamped Graphic Equalizer12
Independent stop-frame animation project.

L’homme 100 têtes13
Dynamic portrayal of “1001 faces” is a mosaic of portraits and emotions that plays off of the power of faces seen close up.

Interstellar Sugar – Suryummy14
San Francisco-based VJ. Dark area and VJing.

Galactic Mail15
Galactic Mail is a project made with Jonathan Vuillemin. It was produced by The Mill in 2008.

Smith and Nephew16
A spot by PSYOP. Directed by Eben Mears and Mate Steinforth.

MTV ‘Organic’ Idents17
MTV commissioned Umeric to direct 12 channel Idents and print materials for the rebranding of MTV Australia.

Mark Coleran – Screen Show Reel 18
Show reel of screen design work for Mark Coleran’s various films over the last 9 years.

Peripetics by ZEITGUISED19
Zeitguised made a piece in six acts for the opening exhibition at the Zirkel Gallery. It entails six imaginations of disoriented systems that take a catastrophic turn.

Last Click

Redesign in Motion20
Don’t miss this HD motion piece: a presentation by Mattrunks about the new version of Fubiz.net. Music by College (Moulinex Remix).

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://vimeo.com/2169237
  2. 2 http://vimeo.com/1891426
  3. 3 http://vimeo.com/1470875
  4. 4 http://vimeo.com/877053
  5. 5 http://vimeo.com/1418995
  6. 6 http://vimeo.com/3114617
  7. 7 http://vimeo.com/1781230
  8. 8 http://vimeo.com/2074812
  9. 9 http://vimeo.com/2696386
  10. 10 http://vimeo.com/2188162
  11. 11 http://vimeo.com/3089176
  12. 12 http://vimeo.com/1105462
  13. 13 http://vimeo.com/2107116
  14. 14 http://vimeo.com/1485668
  15. 15 http://vimeo.com/2251254
  16. 16 http://vimeo.com/1510012
  17. 17 http://vimeo.com/1810111
  18. 18 http://vimeo.com/1563485
  19. 19 http://vimeo.com/1970617
  20. 20 http://vimeo.com/2992931

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Since 2005, Romain Colin has been the founder and publication director of Fubiz, a daily dose of inspiration and creative resources. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. 1

    Fantastic Inspiration, not seen many of these before.

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  2. 2

    Nice Collection… Not exited though… still it’s OK!!

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  3. 3

    very nice collection :)

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    joyoge designers' bookmark

    March 7, 2009 6:02 am

    nice and funny thanks..

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  5. 5

    Good Inspiration, many thanks

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  6. 6

    Very nice, thanks!

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  7. 7

    Nice to you see here Fub’z. :)
    Great post!

    Geek and Hype

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  8. 8

    Very nice.

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  9. 9

    cool videos , 20 is enough

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  10. 10

    Simply amazing!

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  11. 11

    Peripetics by ZEITGUISED is very odd. Odd in a good way I guess, like Salvador Dali.

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  12. 12

    I am in love with Carlos Loscano’s “A short love story in stop motion.” Thanks so much for including it. =)

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  13. 13

    Oh awesome! Gotta save this to my Tumblr for dinnertime viewing. :D

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  14. 14

    Wonderful content !

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  15. 15

    amazing videos…

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  16. 16

    Quite a collection, thanks for sharing. Really enjoyed watching several of these.

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  17. 17

    Great collection

    That was about 30min to and hour (i lost track really lol) of great inspiring work!

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  18. 18

    Mais tu es partout mon Fubiz :-)

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    Matei (Romania)

    March 7, 2009 2:40 pm

    You missed one out:
    http://vimeo.com/2388735?pg=embed&sec=2388735&hd=1

    This is one of the most innovative and impressive that i have ever seen:

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    MakeDesign,NotWar

    March 7, 2009 3:20 pm

    Excellent collection, makes me want to crack open AE and start learning it… Not a bad way to start a design session :)
    Make Design, Not War

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  21. 21

    Fucking fantastic stuff. Had seen a few before, but again you guys deliver the goods!

    :)

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    Erik M Kubitschek

    March 7, 2009 7:58 pm

    I love these stop motion pieces, don’t forget the Adel video for Chasing Pavements. Another cool one is over at graphpaperpress.com. It is located in their modularity theme example on the home page

    http://graphpaperpress.com/demo/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz7vGW2_5c0

    I just love this website,
    Erik Kubitschek

    http://www.pxltechnologies.com

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  23. 23

    nice, love it

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  24. 24

    great list! I love it…

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  25. 25

    Nice list, two additional ones i really like are by Ross Ching

    http://rossching.com/eclectic

    http://rossching.com/eclectic-20

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  26. 26

    Great Collection! Thanks for sharing these videos. I am curious what program was used (could be used) to create an illustrated animation like History of the Internet. Any ideas?

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  27. 27

    Thank you very much! It is a amazing good inspiration!

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  28. 28

    Wonderful collection!

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  29. 29

    I am using Mozilla 5.0/Firefox 1.5.50.6 with a T1 Internet connection and can’t view these videos. They load and play for 3 seconds, then nothing. I can move the control to various timeline points but it will only play for a second or two. No audio either!
    Doesn’t this illustrate exactly what designers should NOT do? That is, designing content that cannot be handled by “mainstream” browsers.

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  30. 30

    what is the video image of the subject?

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  31. 31

    These are simply remarkable, I’m so impressed by these videos.
    Origami In the Pursuit of Perfection is a vision to behold and Khoda is pure genius. The Obama video has a really cool retro style, love it! Thank you so muck for bringing this collection to my attention, they’ve given me so much inspiration.
    Where do you find this stuff?

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  32. 32

    There are some nice pieces here, but also some self-indulgent gratuity IMHO, like London & Fireplays.

    Find/create/use a cool effect, repeat it with slight variations 1000 times, add groovy/hip/coo

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  33. 33

    Hey Dane…. it seems to work for everyone else. Make sure it’s not you before letting he accusations fly.

    AND… NO Mr. Bill?????

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  34. 34

    Technical followup-
    I have upgraded to Firefox 3.0.7, checked to ensure Flash 9 is my plug-in, and the videos still hang after 3 seconds, even when they appear to be downloaded (example–London harder, better, etc.). Haven’t had problem playing videos at other sites (e.g. Boing Boing, YouTube, HULU, etc.).

    Hey Greg–what are you basing the “seems to work for everyone else” on? My point is, if people can’t view these, they probably just move on and don’t bother posting. I am trying to help others that have a similar problem.

    Whatever software gremlins are at work here, I don’t have time to troubleshoot further.

    Smashing Magazine is an incredibly useful site,
    but this page isn’t quite right!

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    Disposable_Hero

    March 9, 2009 8:54 am

    Hmm…I liked what I saw at first, but later on down the page I started getting “Sorry, video is temporarily unavailable” errors on everything I haven’t watched yet…too bad

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  36. 36

    太棒了!

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  37. 37

    Vraiment cool ce post. Il y a beaucoup de publication intéressantes sur smashingmagazine.
    Je crois que je vais être un peu plus régulier sur ce site.
    (Dane, you were still using Firefox 1.5 !)
    Maybe there is a problem with your computer, I’ve been able to read the videos in Firefox 3 and google chrome.

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  38. 38

    Great roundup of motion graphics work. I’ve seen some of these at Motionspire.com, which is an excellent resource as well.

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  39. 39

    there’s a great selection to be had over at this channel on Vimeo >>>
    http://vimeo.com/channels/designflux

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    For everybody like me who went nuts trying to find out what the piece is featured in the intro, the sculpture is called Sitooterie.

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  41. 41

    The Love Story and 1001Faces animation are amazing!!!!

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