This was the winner of the Award of Excellence at the SIGGRAPH animation festival. It was done by François-Xavier Goby, Edouard Jouret, and Matthieu Landour from France, but the movie has a distinct Argentine flair.
I wish I could find the other award winners online, but haven’t yet. They include The Ark, which is about
an unknown virus that has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land untouched by the deadly virus. So begins the exodus, led by one man …
The third award winner, for Jury Honors, went to Dreammaker about a retired wizard, “the Dreammaker who once made the most beautiful dreams for people. Now he lives solitary for only one purpose, the creation of a special dream - his dream.” The synopsis sounds kinda cheesy, but the production value is high, especially since it was only one person, Leszek Plichta, that did all of it.
[UPDATED 02/09/08 - It’s working again!]
I’m on an animation kick after attending SIGGRAPH in San Diego this past week. This particular short wasn’t shown, but it’s my favorite, and I recently found it again online.
People often say that I’m curious about too many things at once: Botany, Astronomy, Comparative Anatomy. But can you really forbid a man from harboring a desire to know and embrace everything that surrounds him?
On August 5th, 2004 at 12:00 Noon GMT, 60 filmmakers in over 40 countries and on all 7 continents captured a single “moment” on earth. This mosaic builds a composite image of Iraq and the Pacific Ocean out of thousands of single frames from the other moments that were filmed around the world at the same exact time.
Architecture teaches you to see, and therefore you learn to see things - and they are not all in one place. And sometimes they are in places far away from home. And you have to travel; and travelling and seeing is more important to your education than reading books. You have to teach yourself by seeing; and life becomes richer and the world is yours in a way.
NPR covered a story about the Paper Concerto, an orchestra performance with instruments made of paper. Within the segment, they featured a musician called David Cossin, who has created an instrument called the Amplified Cardboard Tube. From what I gather it’s cardboard that has been smashed on one end to soften, with a microphone inside the tube and a speaker outside of it. This creates a feedback loop that can be controlled in terms of pitch or, more simplistically, a singing drum.
It got me wondering, can one create a visual feedback loop? Two giant mirrors set parallel to each other with a laser light bouncing back and forth in a fog shroud that captures a “light object” within.