Borrowed Time

Oh Pixar. I thought The Good Dinosaur had amazing cinematography and aesthetics but this short has so much reality in its story and image, it took my breath away.

For the longest time, we all thought we would never see a Disney studio going anywhere near adult territory, and yet here we are. I’m all in for Pixar trying adult themes.

Ok I’m more than in, I would pay good money to see that happen.

Looking around on the net, I found some very interesting videos. It seems I’m not the only one going crazy over this little film. “Why We Made Borrowed Time” is the creators explaining why they wanted to try a more adult story. After such positive feedback I am really hoping they will take that experiment a step further.

To be honest, with the way animation has invaded moving pictures in general, with technology making computer generated images more real, it’s only a matter of time for reality to invade even the most children-friendly of companies and mix things up. The line between live action and animation is already blurry, European studios and advertising companies have made the blend already; it’s only a question of if the Disney/Pixar directors want to take the marketing risk.

Unfortunately, given the shaky times we are living (and taking Marvel as an example), I’d say the Walt Disney Company is not into risk-taking at present. Which is sad, because difficult times call for some daring moves, but if the big boys want to leave those for the independent filmmakers, who am I to judge? Small companies and even individual creators have after all been greatly liberated with the recent technological advancements and the next few decades will probably be the most productive in cinematic history.

To conclude, it’s nice to see how far we can take really take things, even if it’s only through a 6 minute film. Enjoy!

 

Paths of Hate

This excellent short film comes from the Polish studio Platige Image that brought to us Fallen Art. Its a story about the wrongness of war, told through the fight between two WWII pilots.

It is with no dialogue, but with very telling music that will bring you chills. The technique of 3D graphics turned into 2D aesthetics is unique (but with elements that will remind you of the studio’s identity) and for anyone interested there is a video with a presentation by one of the creators of the film explaining how it was achieved. I found it very interesting and extremely helpful for my own 3D-turned-2D project. Enjoy!

French Simpson couch gag by Sylvain Chomet

You guys know Sylvain Chomet. He is the genious behind L’illusionniste and Les triplettes de Belleville. He has also been honored with the making of an alternate couch scene for The Simpsons intro.

I love everything about this bit. Especially the self-deprecating humour, always a favourite. I also love Sylvain Chomet’s look into the world and the human nature. There’s always a sense of nostalgia mixed with a very critical eye towards people and society that observes and describes with no judgement. Just honest understanding and yet beauty in every shot and expression. He draws his characters with love, he sees people with a need to decode and portray, not to judge, I think. Love him, love him, love him.

Don’t forget to check out the making of!

The Old New World

I would have added this for the title alone. The fact that it is also a very nicely made video, is a welcome bonus.

Honestly, it is a very nostalgic video. And when it ended, I was left wanting more. Is there any way we can persuade the creator to make similar projects about different places? I would say different time periods, but I think half the magic of this work is the fact that it reminds us of a reality known to us, a reality familiar to our senses, but at the same time, a reality utterly lost to us.

The simplicity of the world back then has a certain appeal to our modern lives. We are constantly on alert, too preoccupied with ourselves, our problems, our jobs and our digital identities, to just take a few moments of simply being. Of looking at the people and the world around us, taking a deep breath and living life as it happens.

If you find yourselves in need of such moments, watch this video. It gifted me with such peace, it might have the same affect on you. Enjoy!

Stressed

I feel this short film deep in my core. Being a person tormented by anxiety bouts when things spiral out of my control, I can understand the world described here very well. And how artistic and unique, the world being portrayed here, is. Give it a moment, for the technique to work its way into your head, and you will be swept right into it.

Also, hands down excellent craftsmanship. With only coloured pencils and paper, animation at its most basic form.

The Good Dinosaur

Hi everyone! A happy new year with -hopefully- less crazy weather. Winter is finally catching up with us. Having a spring-like weather in December is disconcerting and even though it is not prudent to wish for cold with so many people in need, I feel safer when it doesn’t feel like spring in December.

Now, back to our present subject. I was so happy when I saw that Disney-Pixar had another new film ready to be releashed, in such a short time after Inside Out. Of course I was super excited and watched it with the first chance I got. I expected the poor plot – come on, you can only make one masterpiece of a movie at a time- but for me, the amaaazing scenery was enough compensation for my time. Such beautiful landscapes, marvelous shots and fabulously lit, it was a piece of art. It had a cute enough storyline to maintain suspension of disbelief and I suppose it is interesting enough for children (although a bit dark) to make it a decent enough movie. With unbelievably beautiful and realistic landscapes.

I was so calm after the end, just watching the backgrounds and breathing. It made me a bit sorry to see how badly it has been reviewed, so I decided to give it a shot and restore at least a bit of the film’s reputation. Watch it and I hope you will agree with me.