1. Scott Naturals was a rare chance for myself and the team at Bent to explore the commercial and artistic possibilities of Strata Cut animation technique with a series of stenciled out paper sheets, which were lined up in deep continuing space.

    This Strata Stencil idea was first explored by animator Javen Ivey in his 2006 thesis project ‘My Paper Mind’ at Pratt, partly inspired by Bent partner David Daniels’ original plasticine technique. After graduate school, Javen later came to intern at the Bent. Aaron Noffsinger from the Tris3ct agency in Chicago was also very familiar with David’s Strata Cut, and thought it would be a great artistic starting point for Scott's first broadcast spot, and a great exploration into the animation realm.

    I was brought into the project as a director to design and conceptualize with David using “Paper Mind’ as an influence, but not an ultimate destination. Together, we created a more complex and highly produced space. Executing it all in CG as opposed to by hand, was an absolute production necessity due to timing and content changes up to the very end of the short deadline.

    We explored both negative and positive spaces in the stencil effect, and also introduced a very unique “Rolodex effect“ that was made out of animated cut-out layers overlapping each other over an long camera shot. The clean factor of CG forced us to find ways to add irregularities to the paper, as well as and color and exposure shifts to bring back more of the ‘folk’ accessibility and ‘hand made charm’ to the audience.

    Creating some of the silhouetted stenciled shapes in CG also allowed us to do some interesting slight perspective changes. It’s brief and underplayed, but helps the subliminal flow and clarity of each scene.

    We used a physical (practically shot) paper towel roll at the end from which pull out with the assistance of a motion controlled camera. This assured the realism we were looking for in the end product tableau, while continuing the flow and drama of a continuous camera move coming out from the CG world.

    In its essence the project was highly technical and demanded constant collaboration between our compositing and CG teams, but it allowed us enough creative space to experiment and innovate in many ways.

    Client: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide

    Director: Nando Costa
    Executive Producer: Ray Di Carlo
    Senior Producer: Tsui Ling Toomer
    Producer: Mark Axton
    Coordinator: Chris Barber
    Storyboard Artist: Dan Schaefer
    Principal Animators: Eric Scheur, John Lally
    Additional Animators: Aja Bogdanoff
    Stopmo Director of Photography: Dan Ackerman
    Stopmo Animator: Eric Urban
    Art Department Coordinator: Evan Stewart
    CG Crew: TD – Fred Ruff. Modeling/Lighting/Rendering TD – Stef Kofman, Galen Beals, Shirak Agresta, Josh Cox, Eric Durante
    Graphics Artists (2D): Dave Manuel, Traci Cook, Ken Nguyen

    Advertising Agency/city/state: Tris3ct
    Creative director: Aaron Noffsinger
    Producer: Michael Antonucci

    Editorial Company: BENT
    Editorial Supervisor: Jeff Dawson
    Editor: Jeff Dawson
    Assistant Editor: Ben Blankenship
    Visual Effects/Compositing Supervisor: Randy Wakerlin
    Composite Artists (After Effects): Orland Nutt, Sean Saul
    Colorist: Downstream Digital, Portland, OR – Jim Barrett
    Sound Design: Deaf Dog Music
    Music: John Ovnik

    # vimeo.com/6803905 Uploaded
  2. The short film "The Me Bird" is a free interpretation of the homonym poem by Pablo Neruda. The inspiration in the strata stencil technique helps conceptualize the repetition of layers as the past of our movements and actions. The frames depicted as jail and the past as a burden serve as the background for the story of a ballerina on a journey towards freedom. A diversified artistic experimentation recreates the tempest that connects bird and dancer.

    Watch the making of: vimeo.com/60860949

    Animation: 18bis
    Art Direction: 18bis
    Music: Conrado Kempers, Pedro Carneiro
    Ballerina: Ana Luísa Azêdo

    I am the Pablo Bird,
    bird of a single feather,
    a flier in the clear shadow
    and obscure clarity,
    my wings are unseen,
    my ears resound
    when I walk among the trees
    or beneath the tombstones
    like an unlucky umbrella
    or a naked sword,
    stretched like a bow
    or round like a grape,
    I fly on and on not knowing,
    wounded in the dark night,
    who is waiting for me,
    who does not want my song,
    who desires my death,
    who will not know I'm arriving
    and will not come to subdue me,
    to bleed me, to twist me,
    or to kiss my clothes,
    torn by the shrieking wind.
    That's why I come and go,
    fly and don't fly but sing:
    I am the furious bird
    of the calm storm.
    – Pablo Neruda

    # vimeo.com/60763684 Uploaded 419K Plays 151 Comments

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