An old whippet hound limps across a cemetary, a washer-woman with a peacock head drags along piles of dirty laundry and a staunchly religious sheep praying to Jesus suddenly starts praying to the picture of a narcist. 'Belleville' is about particularly strange people meeting within and, especially, outside of their specific contexts.
The Curious Child
Why am I alive? It’s a huge question for any art form to confront, let alone a short animation for children. Howard Vause’s The Curious Child is a whimsical and thought provoking attempt, which follows one girl’s journey through knowledge. Aided by her helpful woodland friends and hindered by some not so helpful fellow humans, both the child and the audience learn a little about life and death.
'Light Motif' is conceived as a synaesthetic experience based on a visual transposition of Music for 18 Musicians – Section II, by the American composer Steve Reich. The ambition of the film is to cinematically capture the extraordinary life force that animates this essential work of contemporary music by offering a truly hypnotic experience where music can be “seen”. The inspiration for the project stems from the relationship between music and the visual arts, illustrated by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren or John Whitney. These works try to establish precise connections between sounds, shapes, colours and movements, to visually translate the concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, pitch, timbre and intensity. 'Light Motif' proposes applying the construction principles of Steve Reich’s compositions to visual language. Rigorously architected, his compositions are based on the repetition of short melodic patterns subjected to the gradual processes of 'de-phasing', lengthening pattern, rhythmic saturation and tonal changes. The result of these subtle variations in the repetitions is a sound texture in constant transformation. The listener passes progressively from a polyphonic perception to a global perception, from the perception of a discontinuous sound phenomenon to a continuous one. In 'Light Motif' it is this perceptual phenomenon that is transcribed into images. Procedural generation techniques are used to transpose the motifs and compositional processes into a semi-abstract visual form made of coloured lights and geometric shapes. 'Light Motif' explores the possibilities of synergy between music and image through a subjective experience that can speak directly to the subconscious of the viewer. Prix Ars Electronica 2014, Honorary Mention. Special Mention and Tele5 Special Award at Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2015. Awarded at Multivision 2014 for "The Best Music Interpretation". Special Distinction at Animanima 2015. Special Mention at Athens Animfest 2015. 2nd place on East-West Art Award Competition 2015. Official Selection at Siggraph Asia, Clermont-Ferrand, Aspen Shortsfest, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen, Anima Mundi, Encounters, Giffoni, European Film Festival of Lille, Vienna Independent Shorts, Future Film Festival, Animatou, Message to Man, Motion+, Giraf, Future Shorts, Videoformes, ArtFutura, Fest Anca Slovakia, OFF Odense, Anim'est Bucharest, Milwaukee Film Festival, Anilogue, Tehran Short Film Festival, Short Shorts Tokyo, BAMkids Film Festival, Children’s Film Festival Seattle, Nice Short Film Festival, Lahore International Childrens Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Interfilm Berlin... Screened at TED Talks, Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, Mercedes-Benz Museum, CCCB Barcelona, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Erarta Museum, MAMAC of Nice, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, ICFFI Hyderabad, Transnumeriques, Tampere Film Festival, Anima Brussels, Holland Animation Film Festival, Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art, Fantasia Film Festival... Featured on The CreatorsProject, STASH Magazine, CreativeReview, FACT Magazine, Fubiz, Design Indaba, Journal du Design, Artribune... Producer / Director / Editor / CG Supervisor: Frédéric Bonpapa Music: Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians, Section II. Performed by Steve Reich and Musicians. Used by permission of Boosey & Hawkes UK Ltd. Character Modeler: Eric Prebende Character TD: Frédéric Bonpapa Character Animators: Barthélémy Boirot, Frédéric Bonpapa, Mathilde Fabry, Romain Pamart FX Animators: Olivier Barré, Frédéric Bonpapa, Jon Uriarte. Shading / Lighting TD: Frédéric Bonpapa Compositors: Frédéric Bonpapa, Jon Uriarte © 2014 Frédéric Bonpapa
Glen is barely a man. In a desperate attempt to tap into his masculinity he attends a primal scream therapy session, but even surrounded by wailing men he cannot make a sound. When another member of the class pushes Glen too far he finally lets something out - a miniature version of himself which does whatever it wants, regardless of the consequences.
Hugo’s mother returns home for the evening. The next day, when Hugo wakes up, he finds black feathers scattered all over the house... Short animation film directed by Phuong Mai Nguyen, written by Phuong Mai Nguyen et Patricia Valeix Produced by Papy3D REALIZATION: Phuong Mai Nguyen SCENARIO: Phuong Mai Nguyen, Patricia Valeix MUSIC and SOUND DESIGN: Yan Volsy MUSICIANS: Caroline Bugala, Johan Renard, Fred Eymard, Clement Petit, Yan Volsy NOISE: Daniel Gries MIXING: Nathalie Vidal DECORATIONS: Phuong Mai Nguyen, Vincent Djinda ANIMATION: Thibault Chimier, Rémy Schaepman, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo, Armelle Mercat, Haruna Kishi COMPOSITING: Grigoris Leontiades, Mathieu Brisebras MOUNTING: Phuong Mai Nguyen, Catherine Aladenise PRODUCER: Richard Van Den Boom
A short, independent animation made over 6 months in 2012. Mateusz Urbanowicz was born in 1986 and raised in Silesia, Poland. He studied electronic engineering and whilst working at WACOM, manufacturers of graphics tablets, he discovered that creating art could be more than just a hobby. He graduated in Computer Graphics from the Polish Japanese Institute of Information Technology, and thanks to a Japanese government scholarship, moved to Kobe, Japan to study animation and comics. He graduated with honours from Kobe Design University with a short animated film called 'Right Places'. Since, 2013 Urbanowicz has been working as a full-time background artist at the Comix Wave Films animation studio in Tokyo, involved in making TV commercials, animated TV series such as 'Space Dandy' [Japan, 2014- ] and feature-length animated movies such as 'Your Name' [Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2016]. Staff: Direction, animation, background etc. Mateusz Urbanowicz (http://gom.one.pl) - voice acting: 小倉 紀子 (Ogura Noriko) - voice recording: 坂尾 千春 (Sakao Chiharu) - music: Doelman (https://soundcloud.com/doelman) - advisor: 大塚 英志 (Otsuka Eiji) - thanks to: 橋本 英治 新海 誠 坪井 美和 中島 千晴 (Hashimoto Eiji, Shinkai Makoto, Tsuboi Miwa, Nakashima Chiharu) Piotr Smorawski
Set in a contemporary society of mice and rats, Hubert, a young observing rat, recites slam poetry full of hope within his head as he passes by individualistic strangers in the Parisian metro. Hubert's poetry remains optimistic and persistent, despite the harsh reality of the world he lives in.