Hard Work & Physicality Pay off in the Charming Gobelins Graduation Animation 'In-Between'
There are animation schools where I suspect students who produce work which could be classed as merely "good," are taken down to the catacombs never to be heard from again. This is the only logical explanation I can come up with for why students at French animation school Gobelins consistently create some of the most impressive shorts you're likely to see across any form of filmmaking. The latest one to charm the pants off me is In-Between -- the 2012 graduation film from Alice Bissonnet, Aloyse Desoubries-Binet, Sandrine Han-Jin-Kuang, Juliette Laurent and Sophie Markatatos -- in which a woman's life is plagued by shyness personified as an unwanted crocodile.
From discussions with animators through the years, I'm aware that a hell of a lot of work goes into the planning and execution of an animated film, but this making of video from Team In-Between reveals just how physical much of that work is; the voice actors, the foley sessions and the scene run throughs all rely on a great deal of physicality being harnessed and then transposed into the final drawn images and soundtrack.
Are there other film schools (animation or live action) which have consistently impressed you with their student work?