Ahoy! Are you ready to sail away? Get prepared, because the third pick of our TNK series will try to hypnotize you! The Gold Sparrow (12:49) is a fascinating animated short that has been featured in the most prestigious festivals around the world.
Director Daniel Stessen executed flawlessly the screenplay he created collaboratively with the musicians Joshua and Noah Lit. The synopsis is quite original: In a black-and-white futuristic metropolis the Gold Sparrow and her nefarious side kick steal the color from anyone daring enough to create art. Our three heroes perform in the streets as they are hunted, battling for their souls.
The rotoscope style animation used in the film is adorned with constant visual effects, which are crucial for the narrative. Audio effects also play an important role in this film with no voice over or dialogues.
Enjoy it in fullscreen, with headphones:
Warning: the following content is a great opportunity to relax and float down stream.
When it comes to animated feature films, Waking Life is one of our top picks. The movie directed by Richard Linklater uses rotoscoping as the main visual technique. The plot starts with a guy dropped off in a random location and getting hit by a car. That’s when our unnamed character begins a journey of discovery, constructed over a “melting” plot. A series of talks and dreams that recreate philosophical debates about multiple details of human existence. Everything delivered by amazing visuals. Definitely a must watch!
Here at the studio we love working on side projects. They give us the opportunity to try new things and also to express a more personal view.
Right now, our ongoing experiments are related to time, light and space. We’re trying to achieve interesting results by combining these three powerful elements in different ways.
The following images are primary tests. Let’s see how far we can go!
This quote by Steven Heller celebrates the concept of free sketching. It could be seen during Javier Mariscal’s exhibition in La Pedrera, back in 2010. Mariscal and Heller are important characters of contemporary graphic design, and this bold statement keeps motivating us ever since.
Dear friends and partners, welcome to our brand new blog. This will be an open space, dedicated to share our creative process, animation tests and things that inspire us. We’ll also provide some nice surprises along the journey, so stay tuned!
Sketchbooks are always handy to us. To fill them in, our first rule is: there are no rules! Come what may: drawings, cutouts, poetry or even overheard talks between strangers. It’s an unpretentious way to keep track of our creative surroundings. And to put our best foot forward, let’s start by sharing some spreads.