July 27, 2019

'Negative Space' by Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata

Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, “Negative Space" is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.



July 20, 2019

(OO)



South Korean animator Seoro Oh brilliantly visualizes every painful sneeze, scratchy nose, and snot rocket that comes with having rhinitis. Even the film’s title, “(OO),” is a nod to the condition, with its clever visual representation of flared nostrils.

The film is a follow up to Oh’s acclaimed graduation film, “Afternoon Class,” which also focused on a single involuntary subject (sleepiness). This time around, Oh uses madcap sound design to bring each absurd, nostril-dripping scene to life. But don’t worry: you’ll be able to breathe a sweet sigh of relief when the journey is over. Unless, of course, you have a stuffy nose.

Ahead of today’s release, we reached out to director Seoro Oh to learn more about his inspiration and process. Read on for excerpts from our interview.

On the film’s inspiration:
“I’ve suffered from rhinitis since I was a child. Many unpleasant things happen in my nose on a regular basis — especially during the change of seasons. I wanted to animate the feeling so people could empathize.”

On storyboarding and animating:
“I drew a rough thumbnail storyboard to organize ideas around the various phenomena that occur in a nose. I cared way more about the animatic reel and editing process than the storyboard. The animation was mainly made with Adobe Flash (Animate CC), and I used After Effects for special effects and editing.”

On sound design:
“I wanted to record the sounds myself, but I didn’t have much time or money, so I ended up using existing resources instead. I spent a lot of time searching for sounds that matched each scene exactly; I also experimented by mixing various sounds and speeding up or reducing them to fit the mood of the scene.”

On the challenges of making “(OO)”:
“Making this film was an experiment for me because it’s focused solely on one man suffering from his nose. I had so many worries about the sequence and timing of the cuts; I tried dozens of times to find the best editing flow. This was the most stressful and lengthy part of the entire production.”

On advice for aspiring filmmakers:
“Making a film is a conversation with the audience. When I create work, I always think about what I like, what I want to make first, and how I can make and deliver it to audiences in a persuasive way.”

On what’s next:
“Since I’ve already made two films about what happens in my body, I would like to make one with a worldview and a story.”

The Secret Language of Trees

July 15, 2019

Wild Horses



Written and Directed by Kévin Roualland / Maxime Dupuy
Art Direction: Maxime Dupuy
Character design: Kévin Roualland
Layout: Kévin Roualland, Maxime Dupuy
Lead Animation: Kévin Roualland

Animation: Simon Duong van Huyen, Pierre Rutz, Yannis Boultadakis, Duncan Gist, Stephen Vuillemin, Olivier Lescot, Mathieu Corbin, Kévin Roualland, Diane Tran Duc
Additional Animation: Cécile Despretz, Sean Lewis
Animation Assist: Valentin Machu, Liam Engels, Cécile Despretz, Sean Lewis, Jennifer Zheng, Mathieu Corbin
Backgrounds: Maxime Dupuy
Lead Compositing: Thomas Ricquier
Compositing: Thomas Ricquier, Victoria Jardine, Maxime Dupuy
Storyboard: Kévin Roualland, Maxime Dupuy
Editing: Maxime Dupuy
Typography: Virgile Flores

Original music by Canblaster
Produced by Eddy
Co-Produced by Brunch Studio and Savoir Faire
Executive Producer: Nicolas de Rosanbo
Producer: Stella Ramsden
Production Manager: Chamseddine Kaddouri

July 07, 2019

Ramen



By d'Eduardo Adsuara, Gabriel Gérard, Gwendoline Legendre, Marie-Liesse Coumau, and Mikai Geronimo

July 03, 2019

'Tokyo Apocalypse'



By Constance Bertoux, Marion Boisrond, Rodrigo Goulao de Sousa, Chloé Maingé, Mila Monaghan, and Adam Sillard

July 01, 2019

'hair today, gone tomorrow' by Rob Gilliam

'Senjo'



By Tamerlan BEKMURZAYEV, Camille BOZEC, Antoine CARRE, Ada HERNAEZ, Pauline MAUVIERE, and Alexandra PETIT