The streets are paved with paper. This delicate animation follows the charming rise and fold of a fragile metropolis.
Captured by an unseen helicopter, the narrative unfolds through winding roads, erupting forests and emerging mountains.
Paper City grows in one fluid take, with skyscrapers rising from the page – only to crumble, wrinkle and gently crease back into the ground.
This is a story about a fireworks craftsman that travels around space. One day he moves to a new galaxy to perform his firework show, but there he faces a serious problem.
It is one of the films I worked on this year at CalArts, Character animation.Program.
The program used is Maya, Zbrush, V ray, and Photoshop. This time I tried another rendering style and art direction. I kinda aimed for a paper craft-ish look, and a stop motion feel for the animation.
Animation, story, art direction, modeling, rigging, rendering by Leo Ogawa Lillrank(me)
animation help by Ivy Flores, and design help by Ali Danesh.
Development art work:
Thanks to Kevin Smithers, who composed the music, and also conducted the main recording we did at Warner Bros Eastwood Scoring Stage. It was a great orchestra.
Also Thanks to Daniel Swanberg, who did the sound design, voice acting, voice directing and recording, audio mix(with Kevin).
Music mix by Pablo Schuller and Vasilis Milesis.
Voice by Ricky Lucchese and Daniel Swanberg.
It started as an idea about a lonely robot who sells ice cream. In order to survive in a severe reality he recreates an imaginary world where he lives every day, like he did during the best time of his life.
After several years of production and a one-year festival run we're ready to present our first animated short film to you! Giant thanks to everybody who participated in the project for a fantastic work!
Written, Directed & Produced by Anton Chistiakov & Mikhail Dmitriev
Special thanks to Alex Ambalov for awesome Compositing and Color Grading!
Alex Tulupov for music!
Marya Believskaya for sound design!