8Bit creatures are invading New York City !
Pixels is a short I made in 2010.
Produced by OneMoreProd
ANNECY 2011 GRAND PRIZE
Audi Talents Awards, Best Short Film (Animation category)
Playgrounds Awards, Best International Short
Animago Awards, Best Technical Achievement
Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie de Moncton, Audience Award
BAF 2010 in Bradford , Audience Award
Webcuts 2010, Best Short Film (Animation category)
Ars Electronica 2010, Honorary mention
Weekend of Fear 2010, Best Short Film
Off courts Trouville, Jury's Price
Off courts Trouville, Audience Award
Semana de Cine Experimental De Madrid, Jury's Price
Semana de Cine Experimental De Madrid, Audience Award
Tindirindis Festival in Lituania, Best Debut Film
Geneva International Film Festival, Best Web Film
25th Brest Short Film Festival , Audience Award
Festival Séquence Court-métrage, Audience Award
6th Athens ANIMFEST 2011, 3rd Award
19th St Louis Film Festival, Best Animated Short
New York international Children Film Fest 2011, Audience Award
Florida Film Festival 2011, Audience Award
Anifest festival 2011, Special Mention
Bordeaux Short Film Festival, Jury award for best animation short-film
Back Up Festival, Audience Award
Métrange animé at the 8th Métrange festival in Rennes (FR)
Badalona Film Festival, FILMETS, Best Experimental Film award
Vimeo Awards finalist
“INTO THE COSMOS” is ChopsyAnimations (chopsyanimation.com) first foray into the world of music videos, a tie-in with music maker Architeq from Tirk Records.
Originally it was conceived as a short film by Chopsy (director Darren Robbie), with a simple premise: “what happens to all the old vinyl people used to play? From out of attics, rubbish bins & forgotten shelving, the records are summoned to an old warehouse by a mysterious ‘collector’.”
Using a combination of stop-frame, pixilation, live-action & time lapse animation, it was shot in a variety of locations around Bristol & was created by shooting entirely in camera whenever possible (at other times multiple passes were combined). By shooting each frame within a specific timescale for the external shots, we see vinyl records interacting with the ever changing natural light & weather (dry or wet, sunny or cloudy) – if you look closely you can even see puddles drying out in a couple of shots.
The short film was created on & off over a period of 7 months by a bunch of friends between paid work, a real labour of love (it had no budget to speak of). It was shot in late winter earlier this year with the spring & summer being used to do all the post (mainly rig removal). All the records you see were cut before shooting, with new centre labels stuck onto them to create the desired visual effect of them spinning & bouncing through the ground, they were then animated on location using weighted rigs.
Architeq added the music & sound effects after filming finished & the first edit was completed. Rigs were removed, different passes combined & shadows cleaned up in AfterEffects. Motion capture on location was achieved by using Dragon software on a laptop, which was in turn powered by a portable caravan battery. Cameras used were the Canon Eos 5 & 7.
Producer: Kev Harwood
DOP: Toby Howell
Animators: Darren Robbie, Inez Woldman (additional help: Wendy Griffiths, Ed Patterson)
Compositing: Jim Lewis, Bram Thweam, Darren Robbie
Appearances/pixellation: Ian Whitlock, Bobby Proctor, Robin Crowther-Smith
Rigging: Craig Atkinson
Gaffer (warehouse shoot): Clive Scott
Editor: Nikk Fielden
A FILM BY TILMAN SINGER //// PHOTOGRAPHY USED FROM MONSTER SKATEBOARD MAGAZINE: Fabian Lang by Eric Mirbach, Jake Johnson by Jon Mehring, Jan Hofer by Mikendo, Lance Mountain by Ray Zimmermann, Stephan Guenther by Eric Mirbach, Jean Feil //// PHOTOGRAPHY USED FROM PLACE MAGAZINE: Lem Villemin by Flo Renner, Manny Santiago by Joe Krolick, Niklas Speer by Adam Sello, Thomas Weber by Daniel Wagner, Enrique Lorenzo by Roger Ferrero, Sven Kilchenmann by Lukas Mäder, Valerie Rosomako by Henrik Biemer //// Unfortunately I cannot provide an exact list of photographers being responsible for the source material. I found the photography online, in Foundation's "That's Life" and in skateboard magazines such as Limited Skateboarding Magazine, Monster Skateboard Magazine and Place Magazine. Thanks to everyone who made this little video possible!