First, let me introduce myself. My name is Arent Benthem, and I am one of the founders of animation studio in60seconds, based in Amsterdam.
The reason that I send you this mail is that I set up a project called the 'Animation Sequence Project'. One of the early participants, the great motion artist Ariel Costa suggested I should send you a message about this.
It all started a few months ago. I had some vague but potential ideas about a co-creation project for animation artists. The most important idea for me was to create something great together with a bunch of great animators and thereby show an overview of the state-of-the-art in animation in the world. Eventually these thoughts ended up in what is now called the 'Animation Sequence Project'.
To cut it short, creative minds from all around the world are invited to make a short piece of animation. With only two rules! First, the animation starts and ends with a 250 pixel square in the exact middle of the screen and seconds, has a maximum of 10 seconds.
The square then can become anything you want. A box, a character, a building, a circle, and it can tell its own little story. Absolutely anything, as long as it is a square again within 10 seconds.
Combining the best and most inventive entries, we create a short story showing the state-of-the-art in animation and have it shown on animation festivals worldwide.
Now I have some great first entries, but I want to spread the word so that more animators all around the world can join this project. I really hope you want to share it on the Animation Blog! I think it would really help to turn this into a success.
PS. It’s cool to be square!