I'm going to expand the definition of "effects" to include all the stuff that people here usually label as "effects": motion graphics, digital manipulation, and stuff like that. Whether or not that's really "effect work" is really dependent on the context of the work, of course, but expanding the definition makes my choices a lot easier.
That said, here's a few. I'll post more as more come to mind.
- Michel Gondry's Star Guitar
. As will become evident as you read down this list, I love motion and internal sync, and this video uses some really clever, well-produced manipulations to deliver that in spades
. Of particular interest to me is the way Gondry associates the aural shape with the visuals. I guess the best example of that would be around 1:15.
- Also by Michel Gondry: Come Into My World
. Keying madness.
by Michel (and now Olivier!) Gondry: Behind
. It's a little like Star Guitar, except with extreme time compression. Quick note: the video is really much, much smoother than the youtube copy. Unfortunately, I can't find a copy online that runs at a higher framerate -- sorry.
by any Gondry: well, actually, I don't know who
made this video, but I'd love to know. Remind Me
. You know the style of those airline safety cards and related stuff? This is all that stuff. Animated. This video's visual style really appeals to me.
But it's not just that. I see it as a somewhat mocking commentary on the complex machinery behind modern life. There's also the beginning of something that looks like a romance and then it...just disappears. In other words: the clean, slick, corporate visuals aren't just for show. Watch it and you'll see.
- Thomas Hilland, Eple
. More motion work, and I've already stated several times how much I love that stuff. I don't know if there's any story here, but there are certainly clear themes -- world travel and associated memories being the most obvious ones.
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