Sunday, July 24, 2011

Animation: The Shadow


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Aha! This is how I like my animation! Flat, graphic, inventive and playful imagery (even despite the gruesome subject…)

For the past hour or so, I’ve been looking at some of the animated shorts the students of the Gobelin School made this year (see links below). They are all superb, of course, but somehow I just don’t seem to get the same thrill watching them as I get from something like this.

See, I’m just not interested in how well you can draw rock texture and how life-like your shadows glide across the face of our hero. I’m much more interested in shapes and color and composition. Yeah, I know, I’m funny that way.

This short piece is made by Igor Coric for the Aniboom Awards 2007. Aniboom is a “virtual Animation Studio” (I’m not an animator, so I’m not really sure how that works, but you can check it out at


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In the mean while, enjoy the video…



And here are some links to the Gobelin videos I was talking about. Actually, they are pretty neat, I guess. Check them out:

Fur - by Benoit Tranchet

A travers la brume - by Théo Boubounelle

Who's afraid of Mr. Greedy - by Maxime Mary

Jazzin' (Gobelins opening for Annecy Festival 2011)

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