Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello

Using a mix of 18th Century Victorian era medium (silhouettes) and Wayang (Indonesian shadow puppets) , Anthony Lucas created this magical world, influenced by the work of authors such as  Edgar Alan Poe and Jules Verne.
This short feature went on to get an Oscar nomination, a BAFTA award, the Grand Prix award at the Annecy Animation Festival, the top honours at the Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival, Best Animation at Flickerfest 2005 and Best Animation at the Sydney Film Festival among other important awards.

Although this film was made years ago (2004) and it has been posted before in previous semesters you might not be familiar with it and it is really worth taking a look. Anthony is an Australian director who used a combination of traditional animation,, stop-motion and After Effects to create the steam-punk world. He says the film took between 3-4 years to make, not counting a couple of years for marketing it, but the effort paid off. I think it is an inspiring piece of work.

Here is a more recent trailer for the award winning film "Junk", a film by Kirk Hendry from New Zealand that uses a similar style.

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