Light Emitting Dudes takes a team of freerunners, geared up from head to toe with LED lights, and sets them loose on the streets of Bangkok at night. With acrobatic grace, they carved up the already buzzing nightlife spots while adding their own flair and colour to the mix.
Jason Paul, Shaun Wood, and Anan Anwar are a team of freerunners whose homes are already quite far apart, coming from Frankfurt, Sydney, and Bangkok respectively. Director Frank Sauer and Costume Designer Christina Zahra also had to fly in from Germany, so getting everyone together to shoot this video was a challenge in and of itself. With no definite locations, pre-planned stunts, or even a working LED suit prototype, making the decision to fly to Thailand was a real leap of faith. All I had was an idea in mind of what I wanted to create.
I had worked with Jason before in 2011 to create Dream World, which documented Jason's journey to London to compete in the Art of Motion Freerunning competition. Since then I have been looking for another opportunity to work together and to get the rest of his team involved. I wanted to portray freerunning in a way that hasn't been done before. I realized that freerunning at night was a barely-touched space where I could do some ground-breaking work, so I began thinking about LED suits as a concept.
One of the biggest challenges was putting together a suit that both looked cool and was functional. It had to be able to withstand the stresses of high impact acrobatic stunts, while adequately lighting up the surroundings as we passed through them. Luckily, Christina, with a wealth of experience as a fashion designer, was there to put it all together. Armed with a few morphsuits, some batteries, and a plethora of LED strips and duct tape, Christina really did a great job of fashioning together a Tron-style LED suit on a shoe-string budget.
Once the suits were ready, and we were tired of playing dress-up in the apartment and scaring the cat, it was time for the team to hit the streets. This opened up a whole new can of worms. It turns out, walking around the streets looking like creepy Neo S&M Power Rangers attracts unwanted attention, making guerilla-style shooting particularly difficult, to say the least. And the traffic police didn't take our presence at busy intersections light-heartedly either. Go figure.
The mix of dangerous stunts and exhaustion due to all-night shoots really tested our resolve to finish the video. Maintaining the suits in good condition was also a continual hassle. They needed to be disassembled from time to time so the batteries could be recharged, and damaged LED strips needed to be unthreaded and replaced. The schedule being what it was meant that the suits never really had time to air out. We had to work with the mild stench of men’s locker room on us the whole time. The low light conditions presented their own challenges for shooting, but did provide an opportunity to experiment with long exposure to create beautiful light stroke shots.
For two weeks we were out every night collecting shots and enjoying the confused look on peoples face when we walked by. Oddly enough the cool factor of looking like a general bad ass never wore off. I think a lot big kids dream of dressing up like superheroes and leaping around the city. That's something I can cross off my bucket list, now. We had a great time together. In the end, it's definitely worth it to create something new and unique in a way only you can.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED Frank Sauer (frank-sauer.com)
IN COOPERATION WITH Team Farang (farang-mag.com/)
EDITING Frank Sauer & Sebastian Linda
COSTUME DESIGN Christina Zahra
SOUND DESIGN Jens Fischer
TITLES Stephan Baumann
MASTERING Matthias Greule
MUSIC Metric - Artificial Nocturne (Love Thy Brother Remix)
Escrito y dirigido por Martin Piroyansky Twitter: @martinpiro
DF: Federico Lo Bianco
Asis. de direccion: Flor Clerico
Jefe de produccion: Lautaro Camino
Foquista: Javier Cortiellas
Montaje: Jonatan Barg
Asis. de produccion: Victoria Sananes
Actuan: Maria Canale
Rodado en Uruguay y Argentina.
Ganó premios en:
Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine. 2010. Francia
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. 2010. Canadá
Mejor Corto: Festival Lakino de Berlin. 2010. Alemania
Aguilar del Campoo. 2010. España
Mirada en Cortos, 2009, Argentina
VI FESTIVAL DE CINE DE PIRIÁPOLIS "PIRIÁPOLIS DE PELICULA, 2009
3 Festival internacional de Cine Gualeguaychu, 2010, Argentina
Uncipar, 2010 Argentina
Festival Internacional de cine sobre Diversidad Sexual y genero,2010. Argentina
El espejo Film Festival. 2010. Colombia
Sao Paulo Int. Short Film Festival. 2010. Brasil
3 Maipu Cortos. 2010. Argentina
Lakino Film Festival. 2010. Alemania
Festival Mirada Oeste. 2010. Argentina
Riviera Maya Underground Film Festival. 2010. México
7 Festival Tapiales en corto. 2010. Argentina
Cinema Mundo. 2010. Brasil
Pizza Birra y Cortos 5. 2010. Argentina
Cero Latitud. 2010. Ecuador
VII Festival Internacional de Cuzco, Fenaco. 2010. Perù
Certamen de Cortos Ciudad de Soria. 2010. España
XXVI Cipoletti. 2010. Argentina
RIO DE JANEIRO INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. 2010. Brasil
Festival de Villa Carlos Paz. 2010. Argentina
Mención especial: Al Extremo. 2010. Argentina
Un cortometraje de Animación realizado integramente por los alumnos de PrimerFrame.com, promoción de Marzo de 2010.
Enrique F. Brull – Rigging
Manuel Perez – Efectos Especiales
Antonio Lasala – Supervisor de Iluminacion y 3DFX
Juan De Dios Molina – Rigging
Julián Antonio Lucas – Animación / Diseño y Modelado de Personajes
Olga Agudo – Iluminación / PostProducción
Antonio Alvarez – Iluminación / Composición
Adolfo Aliaga – Animación
Jose Manuel Moralo – Animación
Samuel Rebull – Animación
Carolina Martorell – Modelado / Texturizado de Personajes
Laura Righetti – Animación / Producción
Lorenzo Manuel – Edición / Iluminación
Joan Gomar – Animación
Katixa Pons – Animación
Andrea Varriale – Animación / Iluminación
Jordi Alonso – Animación / Modelado
Carlos Escutia – Productor Ejecutivo
Ana Amat - Supervisora de Iluminación
Jaime Maestro – Director
Eduardo Olidén - Supervisor de Animación
Rubén Soler – Coordinador de guión
This film was made independently and without any budget in the free time available during the studio´s commercial projects.
Tells the adventures and misfortunes of Demódoco, a projectionist, who discovers by chance a one-of-a-kind way to get pleasure. However, abusing it leads to risky consequences.
Script, design and direction: Gervasio Rodríguez Traverso & Pablo Alberto Díaz.
Original soundtrack: Bernardo Francese & Fernando Chiesa.
Animation: Gervasio Rodriguez Traverso, Pablo A. Díaz y Nicolás Broner.
Sound: Bernardo Francese, Fernando Chiesa, Juan Elías y Anibal Tonianez.
Awards and Screenings
"Copia A" has taken part in over 100 national and international film festivals, winning 39 awards. Below are some highlights:
ArtFutura 2010 (Argentina) | Caras y Caretas Award
UNICA 2010 (Switzerland) | Silver Medal
4º Festival Internacional de Animación (Uruguay) | Best Amimated Short Film & Grand Jury Award
Dragon Award for New Talent (Sweden) | Second Runner Up
XXIII Marató de Cine Fantástic i de Terror de Sants (Spain) | Best Animation
Curta-Se (Brazil) | Best Animation in Video
Red Stick International Animation Festival 2010 (United States) | Finalist
Anim´est 2010 (Romania) | Official Competition
8º International Animation Arts Festival “Multivision” (Russia) | Official Competition
6º Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey (Mexico) | Official Competition
50º Annecy (France) | Official Selection
12º BAFICI (Argentina) | Official Selection
Melbourne International Animation Festival 2010 (Australia) | Official Selection
Short student film made in 2005, in one month for a children TV chanel on the theme, " when I'll grow up" .
You can see researches and designs on my blog.
It's flash animation on traditional and digital backgrounds.
You can see production art here: http://sylvain-marc.blogspot.com/2007/06/la-soupe-lengraisfertilizer.html
Festivals selection(student films):
-Corto in bra 2006