Category Archives: Animation

I, Pet Goat II: A story about the fire at the heart of suffering.

About

Heliofant is a nascent independent computer animation studio focused on creating experimental and challenging content. Bringing together artists from the fields of dance, music, computer animation and visual arts, the company is very interested in exploring the common ground that underlies many spiritual and philosophical traditions in a lyrical form.

Main softwares used: Maya, Vray, FumeFX, RealFlow

Featured below are some stills from the film.

Official website: heliofant.com

The Wonder Hospital [Full film, 12min]

Introduction

The Wonder Hospital, a 3D & puppet animated film, is a surreal journey of oddity and empty illusion.

In a mysterious hospital, modification of physical beauty is not what you would expect. A girl’s desire for superficial beauty leads her to chase after the luring ‘After’ images on a path of advertisements throughout the hospital. But in the end she finds something unimaginable and irreversible.

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Halfway: animated short-film

The story of Halfway, an animated short-film, was inspired by many of the events of the past year, both across the globe and in the personal lives of the animators. The central theme of this film is ‘dealing with immediate circumstances and connecting with the past while realizing one’s potential.’

The animation has storybook kind of illustrations that are simple and mesmerizing. The music is soothing and adds another dimension to the film. Enjoy the film and take a look at some of the beautifully crafted images from the film below.

The film is one of the many beautiful & inspiring projects by Overture. You can have a look at their website here.

Resonance is a collaborative project with over 30 independent visual and audio designers/studios. The film explores the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways. Animators and Audio Designers were paired up at the beginning of the project and were given the guidelines to create a piece between 12 and 20 seconds and in HD quality, the rest was up to them. The film is scheduled to be premiered at the Barcelona OFFF 2011.

Film Stills

Credits

Visuals:
Displace Studios and MoveMakeShake | Esteban Diacono | Heerko Groefsema | Jean-Paul Frenay | Jr.canest | KORB | Kultnation | Mate Steinforth | Matthias Müller | Momentary People | MRK | Murat Pak | Onur Senturk | Physalia studio | Polynoid | SR Partners | Thiago Maia | Tom Waterhouse | Tronic Studio | Spatial Harmonics Group

Audio:
Audionerve | Combustion | CypherAudio | David Kamp | Echolab | Hecq | Michael Fakesch | Mutant Jukebox | Radium Audio | Box Of Toys | Studio Takt | World Gang

For more information visit resonance-film.com

Zero is a stop motion animation by Australian husband and wife filmmaking duo, Christopher and Christine Kezelos. This dark fairytale takes place in a world where the inhabitants are born into a numerical class system. Faced with constant prejudice and persecution an oppressed zero walks a lonely path until a chance encounter changes his life forever: he meets a female zero. Together they prove that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.

Zero employs innocently cute characterization that directly contrasts the dark themes of racism and intolerance that underlies the story. It shows how love and the ability to see beauty in the darkest of places allows us to transcend our loneliness and despair and find an authentic connection to our world.

Narrated by international voice over veteran Nicholas McKay, the crew comprised of multi-award winning filmmakers including director Christopher Kezelos and producer Christine Kezelos, director of photography Matthew Horrex and composer Kyls Burtland.

Zero has screened at major international film festivals and has won the award for ‘Best Animation’ from LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, been the recipient of two awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society and received ‘Best Achievement in Sound‘ from the Flickerfest International Film Festival. It has also recently been nominated for an AFI Award in the ‘Best Short Animation’ category.

Film Stills

Behind the Scenes

Concept Sketches

Making Prototypes

Making Molds

Building Wire Armatures

Casting The Puppets

Fabrication: Strings, Hair & Accessories

Turning Heads

Awards & Nominations

  • 2010 LA Shorts Fest: Best Animation
  • 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival: First Place – Best Animation
  • 2010 ATOM Awards: Best Short Animation
  • 2010 Grand OFF – World Independent Film Awards: Best Animation
  • 2010 Naples International Film Festival: Best Short Film
  • 2010 Bondi Short Film Festival: Best Script
  • 2010 Bondi Short Film Festival: Best Design
  • 2011 Shorts Film Festival: Best FX
  • 2010 Flickerfest International Film Festival: Best Achievement in Sound
  • 2010 Australian Cinematographers Society: Golden Tripod – Experimental & Specialised (National)
  • 2009 Australian Cinematographers Society: Gold Award – Experimental & Specialised (NSW/ACT)
  • 2010 AFI Awards: Nominated for Best Short Animation
  • 2010 Inside Film Awards: Nominated for Best Short Animation
  • 2010 APRA Screen Music Awards: Nominated for Best Music in a Short Film

Visit the website at zeroshortfilm.com

A family portrait goes horribly wrong as jealousy and suspicion bubble to the surface under the photographer’s relentless gaze. As the session reaches a disturbing conclusion, it’s clear that this truly will be a day to remember. The story takes place during an awkward family photo session where a wife’s suspicions of her husband’s infidelity slowly builds to intolerable lengths. But as we soon learn, she harbors a secret of her own. A Family Portrait written and directed by Joseph Pierce and has enjoyed a healthy festival run, winning awards at the big animation festivals—the Grand Prize at Stuttgart, Best Debut Film at Hiroshima as well as non-animation festivals, garnering the Prix de la Presse at Clermont-Ferrand.

For the animation, Joseph used his own personal rotoscoping technique involving filming live actors, printing out each frame, drawing and coloring every frame, and then scanning and recomposing the sequences digitally. But what’s most interesting is what Joseph does outside the captured image. At key moments he reveals the psychological undertones of the characters through surreal exaggerations. When the wife sniffs the husband for suspicious fragrances, her nostril expands to envelope his entire head. It’s an amazing effect that does well in telling the untold story. We now leave you with some original sketches that were used for the film.

For full list of credits please visit: josephpierce.co.uk

A moth being caught in a spiders web, struggling for an escape, the moth’s panic movements only result in less chance of survival. What follows is the type of causality everyone’s expecting. The spider appears, claims its prey and feeds on it. The way nature works. But it’s the point of view that creates an intense relationship between the hunter and its victim. There is much more to explore, much more to feel if one takes the time to really experience the content of a split second.

Loom is a short film by Berlin based Polynoid Studio, and according to them the most ambitious project they’ve tackled so far. It took the team of directors, Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay, one year in the making. Founded in 2007 as a creative platform and playground for their in-house films and experiments, Polynoid is now a full-scale production studio. Their narrative technique combines new forms of storytelling with a shared interest in progressive sound design to create a minimalist, photo real and abstract sensory experience. You can visit their website to have a look at some of the amazing work they’re doing. We leave you now with some stills from Loom.

Credits

Year: 2010
Length: 5’20”
Directors: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay
Technical director: Fabian Pross
Production company: Filmakademie BW
Producer: Regina Welker
Sound: Joel Corelitz / waveplant
Artists: Felix Mertikat, Jin-Ho Jeon, Roman Kälin, Tom Weber, Christian Hertwig, Silke Finger, Jacob Frey, Leszek Plichta, Georg Schneider, Anja Wacker, Andreas ‘Felix’ Gebhardt, Falko Paeper, Sarah Eim
5.1 Mix: David Axelbaum / Airstream Audio

Awards & Screenings

2011
Sehsüchte – Best Animated Movie

2010
Siggraph – Best in Show
VES Awards – Autodesk Student Award
Int. Trickfilm-Wochenende Wiesbaden – Preis des Kulturamts der Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden
Anim’est Int. Animation Film Festival Bukarest- Special Mention
FIKE 2010 – Organization Award
E-magiciens festival – SACEM Award
Ars Electronica – Honorary Mention
LAShorts – Official selection
Animago Award – Winner of the category “Jury’s Prize”
Filmfest Braunschweig – Der LEO (Best Music)
Exground Filmfest – International ON-VIDEO Award
Siggraph Asia – Best Student Award
VIEW Conference – Best Digital Visual Effects
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage – Best experimental Animation film

For more information visit polynoid.tv

The Third & The Seventh is a 13 minute long cg animated film by Alex Roman that tries to illustrate architectural art through a photographic point of view where main subjects are already-built spaces. The film brings together the disciplines of architecture and cinema in an abstract and surreal way. Alex (Jorge Seva) trained in CG and architectural visualization in Spain but discovered the beauty associated with already-built spaces. He took a year off to work on this project, bringing together a range of images, some abstract, some surreal. The third and seventh disciplines of architecture and cinema are references to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Lectures on the Aesthetics and the writings of film-theorist Ricciotto Canudo on architecture, sculpture, painting, dance, music, poetry, and cinema.

Compositing Breakdown

CG Rendered Stills

Man Made VS Nature





Furniture






 

Mats & Lights





Details

Credits

Director Alex Roman (Jorge Seva) was responsible for modelling, texturing, illumination, rendering, postproduction and editing, producing the work on 3dsmax, Vray, AfterEffects and Premiere, rendering it all on an i7 920 and a QX6850. There are a few non-CG elements in the shortfilm, photographer (shot on greenscreen), pigeons, timelapsed growing flowers, flying airplane and sky backgrounds. Alex was also responsible for sound design, music sequencing, orchestration and mixing, using Sonar and EWQLSO Gold Pro XP. Music was based on original scores by Michael Laurence Edward Nyman (The Departure) and Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (Le Carnaval des animaux). CG work was done with 3dsmax, Vray, AfterEffects and Premiere. Music for the Compositing video is Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini.

Film-Maker’s Biography

Born in Madrid, Spain in 1972 – Alex Roman has been involved in art in one shape or form his entire life. A graduate from the University of Austin in Texas with a BA in Studio Art, Alex has always experimented with new styles or techniques and is constantly evolving his style and creations. Early on in his life, he was influenced greatly by his parents which were both artists as well as always being surrounded by creativity since both his other brothers were artists as well.

Other influences in his work are artists such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Rene Magrite, MC Escher and countless other artists from all different eras. Upon graduating from College, Alex taught himself web development and began a career which involved taking all his knowledge about design and lighting and applying it to this new venue. What eventually evolved was a way for Alex to display his work for the world to see and enjoy at all times. Styles constantly change and new ideas always emerge and the end results are new ways of expression and an ever changing look and feel to his work.