Reader and tipster Shaun Collings recently pointed out this gem for St. Jean Baptiste over at Carlo Vega’s site. I’m not sure how new it is, but I’m pretty certain it wasn’t there a week ago, and I haven’t seen it anywhere else.
Like much of the work on Carlo’s site, the spot was created in collaboration with Adam Gault. I’ve probably said this elsewhere, but Carlo and Adam have consistently been two of my favorite animators for quite some time now. Starting with the amazing CMT IDs they did together a couple years ago, I have been astounded and inspired by their work ever since.
Their animation is silky smooth and polished to a high shine. They bring still, flat 2D imagery to life with ever shifting compositions that never fail to surprise meâ€”even after I’ve seen them a few dozen times.
Notice how in this new St. Jacques Baptiste spot they aren’t afraid to throw in a couple cuts? I love that. They do the same thing in “All Star” for Nike. Despite the flowing animation and “one long shot” approach, Carlo and Adam use cuts to add a little unexpected dynamism. They really milk the compositions for everything they’re worth.