To put into words what it actually took to made this film happened is very difficult, more with my very deficient written english, so i will be short on words and leave you to watch the movie.
Anyways i need to say that it took us over a year since the first pitch in August 2012, when i just sent some illustrations, until Jan 2013 that we got the GO to start producing this spot.
Over all this time, we got a lot of ups and downs and literally the project got into the drawer several times. I did a lot of drawings, we developed a lot of ideas, we traveled, we met, we drank, we talked, we sent mails, we did storyboards, we change shots, but always in the best of moods and we are actually sorry that it came to an end, because we wanted to keep on this wave of frames and drawings.
Thanks there to the creative team @ Martin, for giving me this chance, i learned stuff, i enjoyed stuff and made some friends on the way. And thanks to my team here because they're awesome and we together sweat the same to work this out.
This campaign has more surprises to come over the next months, and i'm happy to be part of something bigger with studios i learned from and i admire a lot.
I don't know if you will enjoy this as much as i enjoyed doing it. But we certainly made our best for that to happen!
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Alexander
Group Creative Director: Jorge Calleja
Creative Director: David Muhlenfeld
Creative Director: Magnus Hierta
Senior Art Director: Brig White
Planning Director: John Gibson
Managing Director: Steve Humble
Senior Broadcast Producer: Kathy Lippincott
Broadcast Producer: Heather Tanton
Broadcast Junior Producer: Caroline Helms
Production Company: Studio Animal
Director: Martin Allais
Producer: Maria Soler Chopo
Illustration: Martin Allais
Storyboards: Martin Allais
Animatic: Pere Hernández, Javi Vaquero, Matt Deans
Animator: Pere Hernández, Javi Vaquero, Pablo Navarro, Dani Alcaraz
Tracing and color:Ezequiel Cruz, Macarena Ortega, Eva Puyuelo, Joel Morales
Compositing: Santi Justribó Martin Allais
Music (performed by): Owl City (Adam Young)
Voiceover talent: Owl City (Adam Young)
Original Music and Lyrics: David Muhlenfeld (English Major, LLC)
Le Petit Néant est un magazine qui regroupe des illustrateurs de tout horizon et qui explore différentes facettes de l'image en narration. Le magazine invite aussi des animateurs à réaliser des identités animées pour promouvoir le projet sur le web. Pour participer au Volume 2, envoyez vos dessins à lepetitneant.com.
Le Petit Néant is a magazine that covers the art of drawing with a collection of illustrations from a myriad of artists. The magazine also invites animators to create animated identities to promote the project online. Submit your images for Volume 2 at lepetitneant.com.
Commissioned by: Miguel Angel Valdivia
Direction, animation, sound design by: Nicolas Ménard nicolasmenard.com
AEON is an animated short film created to be a part of the 2013 TEDxSydney conference. It's purpose is to act as a 'palette cleanser' between talks.
AEON explores the concepts of growth, loosely reflected as a cyclical journey across the natural seasons over the course of many years. We draw loose parallels between these natural seasons and the seasons within an individuals life.
We purposely left the piece open to interpretation, but we would note that in developing AEON, we did explore the deeper concepts of life, existence and the identity of the individual within the broader cosmos. Where do we fit in when there is so much that is greater than the individual.
Our subjects are drawn from nature with moments particularly relevant to the Australian landscape from which many Australians forge their identity. We wanted the piece to be emotive and textured, opting for a stylised, low poly treatment complex in execution but nicely simplistic in its actual aesthetic. We wanted to explore geometry and the reduction of things to these core elements. The design and treatment a reflection of what is core to our existence.
Created by The DMCI
Directed by Nathan Drabsch & Brecon Littleford
Design and Animation - Brecon Littleford, Pat da Cunha, James Redmond, Nathan Drabsch
Music Composition and Audio Design - Mark Brandis & Jeff Black at ism studios