Category: Inspiration

Tussilago by Jonas Odell

Swedish director Jonas Odell is making some really interesting short films that experiment with new ways of visual storytelling. Here is the trailer for Tussilago.

“In 1977 West German terrorist Norbert Kröcher was arrested for having planned to kidnap the Swedish politician Anna-Great Leijon. Among the people arrested during the following raids was Kröcher’s former girlfriend ‘A.’ This is her story.”

What a fantastic style! I’ll be excited to see how it plays over the length of a short film, and how it works with the storytelling. It could do a great deal to communicate the psychological state of the characters in novel and powerful ways. It’s like comic books or even posters and printmaking. Yes, it’s very much like printmaking. I could see a feature in such a style, although it would probably be visually exhausting for today’s audiences. Sustaining the visual inventiveness and quality of design over a long form would be a real challenge for the creator, too.  But I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like this as a stylistic genre in the future.

via CartoonBrew

Short film: FARD

“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.

The Sun’s Path

This is so wonderful, both as a scientific document and as an aesthetic image, I just had to share it.

Sun's path June To December

Photo by "Mr. Mallon", posted Dec. 9 2009

Science teacher “Mr. Mallon” set a pinhole camera in his backyard and left it for six months to make a record of the sun’s transit across the sky. You can see each day as a separate line, punctuated by the sun going behind the clouds. As he says, “You can see we didn’t have a great summer by the broken lines at the top. More sun shone in the month of October.”

Isn’t this a delightful image?  I’m fascinated by it. It expresses real world information in such a beguiling way–the graceful arc of the lines, the not-quite random way they’re broken up, the echo of ‘high-tech’ in the colors and shapes–everything about it is just great.

Link to post on Mr. Mallon’s Video and Audio Media

Stellar Nursery

Embryonic Stars Grow Deep within the Rosette Nebula, seen in this new image from the Hershel Space Observatory. Link to story, larger image.

These nebular dust clouds are among the most beautiful objects in the heavens, and I’ve long wondered how one might simulate their intricate glory. Probably with a giant dynamics sim, self-shadowing volumetric particles, and lots and lots of patience. That’s a fun future project.

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