My thesis, the experimental animation „Citius, Altius, Fortius“ (Latin for „Faster, Higher, Stronger“- the Olympic motto) explores the interplay of abstract shapes and motions.
How can the substance of motion be visualized. What degree of abstraction allows a communication with the viewer.
Therefor movements of famous Olympians where digitalised into 3D through motion tracking and rotoscoping of original footage of Olympic competitions. Camera motions and playback speed of the footage were borrowed and the movements of the athletes were recreated frame by frame.
The specific character of each sport is reflected in the visual language and the illustration of its motions.
A year in the making, the full six minute stopmotion short features the voice of Josie Long, one zillion hand carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets, two eye fulls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching.
Produced by - BLINK INDUSTRIES / HORNET FILMS
Filmed at - CLAPHAM ROAD STUDIOS
Executive Producers - PETER MEDLOCK / MICHAEL FEDER / BART YATES / MIKEY PLEASE
Produced by - JAN STEBBINS/ JAMES STEVENSON BRETTON / MIKEY PLEASE
Animated & Photographed by - MIKEY PLEASE / DAN OJARI
With animation from - TIM ALLEN / STEVEN WARNE
Music Composed by - BEN PLEASE / JOOLS SCOTT / BETHANY PORTER
Sound Design - ADAM JANOTA BZOWSKI
Voices - JOSIE LONG / JAMES STEVENSON BRETTON / THEODORA VAN DER BEEK / JOSEPHINE GALLAGHER
JEN NEWMAN / NADIA OH / KATY BEVERAGE / DAN OJARI
MIKEY PLEASE / CARMEN MASON / ANNA GINSBERG / LAURA BATEMAN / KIM SWALLOW
MIKEY PLEASE / LIZZY DALTON / JEN NEWMAN
NADIA OH / MIKEY PLEASE / JEN NEWMAN / DAN OJARI
ANDREW DOUGLAS FORBES / CATHERINE HURLEY
EMMA HOOPER / BENEDICT PLEASE
BETHANY PORTER / JOOLS SCOTT
IAN VORLEY / JAMES WATTS
AMADOU DIAGNE / MARIA DANISHVAR BROWN
BEN PLEASE / JACK SEDGWICK
SIMON HARRIS @ OFFSET AUDIO
YUSSEF COLE / ELISA CIOCCA / JON GALLAGHER
MARTY GEREN / RACHEl KWAK / MICHAEL LUZZI
JOEY McCORMICK / MIKEY PLEASE / LEANDRO SANTINI / TED WIGGIN
Developed at the JAPIC RESIDENCY with the JAPANESE MINISTRY FOR CULTRAL AFFAIRS
CAROLINE WATERLOW / DAN CHESTER / DAVE PROSSER / KEV HARWOOD /
GREG HALAMA / SANG JIN BAE / JACK ROBINSON / DITOGEAR
This animation series is a final year project of my graphic design BA. Different children are heard describing their favourite animal, and the creature is then drawn according to what they say, so that the creature "grows itself". Each frame is drawn individually. Directed by Lara Lee.
Special Thanks To Tyler Chen, Michael Johnson, Brittany McCarthy, Sierra Aiko Martin Persi, Leo Ogawa Lillrank, Michelle Bungso Park, Vitaliy Strokous, Sam Kremers-Nedell, Sophie Diao, Hyojin Bae, Ben Holm, Paul Fraser, Ben Huff, all my friends in Calarts and my family.
2011 Producers' show, USA
2011 Donut show, USA
2011 PACT -Essen Event, Germany
2011 Art Monastery Short Film Festival
Second Place (Best in Show), Italy
2011 SEFF Binghamton:
Student Experimental Film Festival, USA
2012 Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival, USA
2012 Atlanta Film Festival, USA
2012 LA Animation Festival, USA