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Beeple is the name by which graphic artist, 3D animator, musician, director and all-round skilled practitioner of visual awesomeness 8 Of The Best Animated CGI Short Films [Stuff to Watch] 8 Of The Best Animated CGI Short Films [Stuff to Watch] Continuing last week’s theme of short film, today’s Stuff to Watch focuses entirely on rendered productions in this collection of excellent computer generated shorts. As movie studios pump millions of dollars into feature-length 3D productions;... Read More , Mike Winkelmann of Wisconsin, USA. Mike is pretty well-versed in a range of software including Cinema 4D and Illustrator, industry-standard stuff for creating beautiful static and motion graphics 3 Effective Sites For Learning After-Effects To Use In Your Film Projects 3 Effective Sites For Learning After-Effects To Use In Your Film Projects Right after one of my last articles about online video-making communities, I got to thinking about how special effects is the big thing these days, and over time, I've been building my stockpile of tutorial... Read More .

Mike has had films shown at festivals, is friends with a few high-up music producers and seemingly can’t be left alone for five minutes without creating some sort of art. He’s even published a book documenting the best of over 2000 days worth of doodles, digital art, photography and 3D graphics.

His work is a treat for the senses, and you can learn from example as well as downloading some visual loops for use in video projects, VJ sets and more.

Short Films

Mike’s “Films” page on his website is a simple collation of his Vimeo videos, though the endless stream of “Staff Pick” awards 6 Top Picks From the 2012 Vimeo Awards [Stuff to Watch] 6 Top Picks From the 2012 Vimeo Awards [Stuff to Watch] There are a seemingly endless number of websites to choose from when it comes to sharing video, each with its own audience and style. If YouTube is the everyman’s stomping ground then Vimeo is arguably... Read More that adorn each preview speak volumes for the quality. The films happily marry both visuals and audio, with music playing a large part in each production. There are a set of what Mike has titled “Instrumental Video” productions, the most recent of which is embedded below.

In 2010 Mike created a music video for Flying Lotus for their song titled Kill Your Co-Workers. The video is somewhat disturbing 10 Strange, Dark & Creepy Animated Films & Cartoons [Stuff to Watch] 10 Strange, Dark & Creepy Animated Films & Cartoons [Stuff to Watch] The following films are not your average animated adventures, but tales of greed, morality and obscure production that take the audience out of their comfort zone. Feel free to laugh awkwardly, raise your eyebrows or... Read More thanks in part to its unique art style, though it’s also strangely upbeat considering the subject matter and music behind it.

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Continuing the theme, “Instrumental Video Nine” follows a similar pattern visible throughout a lot of Mike’s work, the creation of music using machines. Every sound in the video below is represented by a visual element, be it a laser, hammer or visual disturbance.

Another video which shows off Mike’s skills and attention to detail is “subprime” in which all the animation was done by hand. The film is presented from an isometric perspective, with a constantly rotating camera following the construction of bigger and more elaborate houses in the typical Beeple style.

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You can check out the rest of Mike’s short films on the archives page of the Beeple website.

Free Visual Loops

The following videos are embedded samples of what Mike creates and releases for free under the guise of VJ loops. While it’s true that they could be put to great use by a skilled VJ, there’s no reason you can’t use them in video projects, as visualizations for music or just for gawping at if you need some inspiration.

Brainfeeder VJ Pack Vol.1 (10 clips, templates included)

four.color.process VJ Pack (10 clips, templates included)

Various Downloadable Clips

Check out the full list @ Beeple VJ Loops


You can download the template files for a lot of Mike’s work, including a good number of his short films. The files are Cinema 4D templates, and some of the offerings include both videos in the “Instrumental Video” series featured above, the Flying Lotus music video and “subprime” as well as the visual loops.

Download templates @ Beeple Resources

What do you think of Beeple’s work? Have you used Cinema 4D, or tried your hand at motion graphics before? Do you have any good uses for the free VJ loops? Let us know what you thought of this article in the comments, below.

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