Yuriy Norshteyn is a Soviet and Russian animator best known for his animated shorts Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales. According to the Washington Post, “he is considered by many to be not just the best animator of his era, but the best of all time”.
Forty years ago (1981), Norshteyn began work on an ambitious adaptation of The Overcoat by noted Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, but the project stalled and has been shelved for many years. A Japanese film crew visited Norshteyn’s studio in Moscow and found there mountains of sketches, character studies and a shooting table covered with dust. When will his much-awaited The Overcoat be finally completed? In this new documentary, Norshteyn talks about its current status and the anguish and passion that has gone into its creation.
Making the Overcoat
The Animators Who’ve Spent 40 Years on a Single Film
In this music video for “Colors and Shapes,” Hornet Director Sam Mason pays tribute to Mac Miller with a surreal & stirring film commissioned by Miller’s family. Following Mac Miller’s dog Ralphie as he embarks on a quest into unconsciousness, the film is a dreamscape portrait with abstract yet realistic CG animation, ethereal transitions, and a genuine, heartfelt story.
Paul Driessen is a Dutch film director, animator and writer. His unique style can be easily recognized by the delicate quality of his ever-moving and wiggling lines, as well as by the fluid but awkward movements of his characters. His short films have won more than fifty prizes all over the world, including the Life Achievement Awards at both Ottawa and Zagreb animation festivals. A knight braves various dangers in order to rescue a damsel in distress. (1982)
Clément Soulmagnon, a director/animator repped by Eddy in Paris, brings his distinctive illustrative style to “Aurore”, a new short film documenting the watery final hours of the eponymous heroine in her fragile glass cage. Camille Principiano, producer at Eddy: “Clement’s radical use of empty spaces and bright colors is astoundingly lush. He likes to play with paradoxes, he pictures drama in lavish compositions and will find lightness even in the darkest moment.” “The film was animated digitally at Brunch Studio with TV paint. The watercolor textures were scanned and added during compositing in After Effects. Backgrounds were made in Photoshop.”
Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.
What if plastic could be integrated into sea life? The Beauty directed by Pascal Schelbli is a poetic journey through the oceans, which are simultaneously stunning and filthy. Discover a world where concerns and fears dissolve into the mysterious depth of the polluted blue sea.
WeWereMonkeys, aka the Montreal creative duo of Mihai Wilson and Marcella Moser, give a nod to Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher in their “maze-like world of concrete structures” built for Tears For Fears’ new single “Break The Man”.
The hypnotizing patterns used as the basis for the graphics were created by physicist-turned-animator David Whyte using the coding language Processing. The imagery, framed by dark vignetting and doused in dusty particles, is lifted to joyful heights thanks to the elegant, triumphant theme by composer Carlos Rafael Rivera.
Director Choreographer Concept by Zoï Tatopoulos. Co-Director Sean Lew. Zoï Tatopoulos began dancing at the age of four. She trained at multiple studios in LA. In 2017, Zoi was the head contemporary choreographer of “So You Think You Can Dance,”Greece. Now back in LA , she has taught at studios IAF , and Tmilly TV, and is based at the Rage Performing Arts Complex , as one of the head choreographers for the competitive dance teams.
Merging modern sports action with traditional Japanese art, director Geoffroy Barbet-Massin and the Mikros MPC crew in Paris unleash a finely drafted promo for France Television’s coverage of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
The 2020 edition of the Playgrounds media and design festival launched today in its COVID-induced online form with these stop motion titles created at home over Zoom by the crew of Amsterdam prodco The Panics.
A visual campaign for the London Symphony Orchestra’s with music from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Superunion collaborated with Found Studio and dancer Ella Robson Guilfoyle to create a dramatic, explosive and tension-fuelled live action film that captures the volatility of the period.
From Elastic: “The core idea centers around spheres and chaos. Obviously there are influences like Paul Rand and Saul Bass but we worked hard to create something a little unique. The result is a sequence that was very graphical, clean, fun and a bit different from our usual work.”
The latest 3D exploration from the team at C A T K (Colors And The Kids) in Berlin is a five-minute, data-driven opus of melting abstraction that “seeks the beauty and artistic potential in the algorithmic recreation of real-life occurrences.”