The new wave of animation

When Nexus Productions signed Minivegas to their group of directors in January, it demonstrated one of the emphatic trends going on in animation at the moment; while Minivegas's animation skills are indubitable, we suspect that Nexus was just as interested in the more experimental work Luc Schurgers and Dan Lewis have been doing. The voice-triggered video idents for S4C and more recent interactive sculpture projects show that Minivegas has no trouble combining innovative coding and illustration with motion content.

The modern world of animation wants more from its creatives than the ability to manage a timeline, add an effect or make characters shake their booties. Aesthetic judgement and attention to detail are necessities. The myriad of styles and the crafting capabilities of today's illustrators bring texture and authenticity to the mix. The recipe also requires dollops of experimentation and innovation. As with Minivegas, that might involve playing with code, or it could mean storytelling skills, a great eye for detail or a gregarious let's-try-it attitude.

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