“FARD” by David Alapont and Luis Briceno is a wonderful example of non-photorealistic rendering done well and in the service of the story.

Clever story, the design is great, and the NPR styling of the characters and the world is really well handled. I never had that uncomfortable feeling of “procedural lines algorithmically drawn over 3D solid” that is the bane of poorly-made NPR. The geometry and lines of the character faces have been optimized and carefully crafted to look their best in each different view, which I think is essential. Were they indeed 3D? Looking at that beefy credit list, I wonder how much was drawn. Either way, it’s nice work, and the integration of the photographic elements is handled perfectly. I’ll definitely investigate the production of this short.