This film is a collection of audiovisual moments and memories of a 3-week railway journey through Japan in 2015. We were whizzing through the country with the Shinkansen visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as lots of wonderful little places along the way, meeting the most friendly people and experiencing a culture that somehow balances its rich tradition with a very futuristic present.
1976 meditates on presentiment and sound. The surreal short crafts an unsettling atmosphere of foreshadowing and immanent change. A clever combination of live footage and CGI, the film allows its soundtrack to drive the visuals. Everyday objects reverberate, twist and react to an oncoming pulse of events as they converge on a farmhouse lost in rural America.
A film by Aggressive, The Loop & Echoic.
Production Co: Aggressive
Directors: Alex Topaller, Dan Shapiro
Art Director: Alex Mikhaylov
CG Supervisor: Max Chelyadnikov
Editor: Adam Thomson
Music & Sound Design: David Johnston, Tom Gilbert
DP: Eli Born
Producer: Kelvin Craver
Production Designer: Geoff Flint
CG Artists: Max Chelyadnikov, Dmitry Paukov, Alex Frukta,
Vladimir Tomin, Daniel Rybkin, Valdemaras Dzengo, Danil Krivoruchko, Roman
Senko, Vladislav Solovjov
Production Manager: Dustin Pownall
Color Grade: Marshall Plante
“Sputnik” is a Maxim Zhestkov short film about the evolution of an extraterrestrial mind, and its journey to the light. The project was created with the help of industry leading artists from all over the world, including: United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Russia. Production of the full CG animated short film took a year and a half. All crew members worked on the project remotely. Maxim directed it and produced from his HQ in Ulyanovsk, Russia.
Director / Designer / Producer: Maxim Zhestkov
Compositing: Alexander Kulikov
Animation: Dmitrii Kolpakov
Character design: Ben Mauro
Mo-cap actor: Yaroslav Andronov
FX artist: Artur Gadzhiev
Character CG producer: Maxim Miheenko
Character artist: Konstantin Illin
Additional character artist: Nikita Replyanski
Foley artist: Ivan Savelyev
Foley recording: Anna Cigarkova
Sound design / music: Alexander Plotnikov
Representation: Scott Glassgold / Ground Control -- email@example.com