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The Joy of Books

Type Books Signage


Books are more than pages of text and images and this gorgeous stop-motion animation video for Type Books, in Toronto Canada, reminds us of the joys of books. It also helps to remind us of the joy of wandering though the cramped shelves of the local neighbourhood bookstore, deciding which book has the potential to delight us. Even though I myself am a technology lover and I do love being able to read a book or magazine on my iPad, this video reminds me of feeling the printed pages, the smell of the paper of a new book and it sure makes me want to explore a little bookstore to find a new treasure to curl up and get lost in. I think that’s why this beautiful creation is so inspiring and in the short time since it’s release has had well over a million hits on YouTube and gone viral over the internet.

It is a lovingly crafted video that imagines what happens after the bookstore closes, with the books moving, dancing, changing in a domino-like effect and even reading one another. It’s whimsical, magical and inspiring.

What I also love about this video is that it was created by the owners (Sean Ohlenkamp and Joanne Saul) of the bookshop themselves with the help of 25 volunteers. It helps though, that Sean Ohlenkamp is also an associate creative director at a Toronto-based advertising agency and has created some other beautiful campaigns and stop-motion animation, you can see here.

“After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago…my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto. Everything you see here can be purchased at Type Books.”

Stop-motion animation is incredibly intensive, as everything is shot by frame-by-frame. Each change is a new scene. The owners and team of volunteers shot this video over four nights, starting as soon as the shop shut at 6pm, right through to 10am. Sean has estimated that each second contains approximately 10 frames, so in the almost 2 minutes of this video there’s about 1,200 frames.

I myself admire the time and energy this would have taken moving around every book for each frame, but a wonderful end result that’s spreading around the world, is worth it. What do you think of this campaign? Are you inspired to head out to a bookstore and buy a book to read this weekend?

Yours in awesome advertising,

Semi-Permanent Brisbane a great inspiration!

This year’s Semi-Permanent Brisbane was an awesome day packed with some really inspiring speakers. The video above, by Supervixen, formed the introduction. The concept represents the conference making an impact on which ever country it arrives at.

Another of my favourite speakers was illustrator/fashion photographer, Kelly Thompson. Having developed a reputation for getting the sass out of models at photoshoots, she often illustrates over the photos or uses her photos as inspiration for her illustrations. Below are a couple of her beautiful illustrations.



 Semi-Permanent hits Melbourne next, over two days 23 and 24 September.

Yours in inspiration,


Celebrate Global Smurfs Day

It seems that anyone can have a day celebrated in their honour. Today, Saturday 25th June has been marked Global Smurfs Day to correspond with the birthday of their creator, Peyo (born June 25, 1928), Had I known this, I would not have given away the extensive range of Smurfs (stuffed, fluffy, hard plastic and talking variety in all sizes) that my girls acquired when they were growing up. This event is likely to breed a new generation of Smurf fans, and I could never be forgiven.

The event will also mark the anticipated July 29 release of “Smurfs 3-D” Animation in movie theatres. Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation will coordinate events all over the world as part of Global Smurfs Day, a worldwide event in anticipation of the release of the Smurfs’ trip to movie theatres. The movie, however, won’t be shown in Australia until September.

Today, Fans in costumes, painting their skin blue and putting on the white hat and shoes, will attend events in cities around the world as the organisers try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Smurfs (the record stands at 2,510), including Brussels, Belgium (Peyo’s home country); Athens, Greece; Scheveningen (The Hague), Holland; Dublin, Ireland; Mexico City, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Warsaw, Poland; Moscow, Russia; Johannesburg, South Africa; New York, USA; and London, UK.
Even Apple has had success with the Smurfs since the release of its Smurf Village app. This free app enables users to create their own village full of smurfs.

I think we are in for another Smurf revival. Will you be one of the new breed of Smurf fans?

Yours in Smurfs
Angie Rapisarda

International Animation Showcase screens at BIFF

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Palace Centro screened the International Animation Showcase last night, as part of the St George Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). The showcase included an eclectic collection of creative short animations each with distinctive styles, giving a window into the direction of contemporary  animation. One of my favourites was from German animator …Pauls Hykade. With a trip through cartoon history,  the psychedelic animation illustrates how contemporary culture can make beautiful new things out of old recognizable images.

If you missed out on the International Animation Showcase last night, it will screen again on Friday 4:00pm at Palace Barracks.

The BIFF runs until 14 November, so be sure to check out some more of the latest world cinema.

Yours in animation,


Alice in Wonderland!


Only nine more months until we can see Tim Burton’s beautiful new take on Alice in Wonderland! Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter, Helen Bonham Carter is the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway is the White Queen. The movie is currently in post-production. Live-action sequences will be merged with whimsical motion-capture creations and then the whole movie will be converted into 3D. Can’t wait!