April 18, 2011

Joanna Lurie's Atmospheric 'The Silence Beneath the Bark' Mixes 2D Photo Textures with 3D Characters

With so much ongoing coverage of NAB, it's easy to get lost in the technical side of filmmaking. I don't want to give the storytelling side short shrift, however, so here's the evocative and beautiful dialogue-free animated short "The Silence Beneath the Bark," which was shortlisted for an Oscar this year. Joanna Lurie filtered and modified photos in Adobe Photoshop to create abstract, textured backgrounds, and then brought to life animated 3D characters. It's easy to forget about the technical details and get lost in the fictional setting, however -- as it should be:

http://vimeo.com/17794275

If you liked the short, there's also a behind-the-scenes video, which explores the meaning of the film as well. While we're taking a break from gadgetry, another evocative animated short comes to mind as well.

[via Directors Notes]

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that's the technical beauty of 3D computer animation -- you can "shoot" in ANY resolution you want, 4k, 5k, 8k, fine enough to please any technical guru! No worries about too much contrast, not enough dynamic range. Best of the you can move the camera anywhere without sliders, cranes, dollies, etc. :)

April 18, 2011 at 2:18PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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The behind-the-scenes video is password protected.. Help, please!

April 19, 2011 at 2:33AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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ronald metellus

Shoot, sorry about that -- it wasn't when I originally wrote this...

April 19, 2011 at 11:22AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Ryan Koo
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This is fantastic.

April 20, 2011 at 5:33PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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Alec Moore

Can't access behind scene video even with password

April 26, 2011 at 4:52AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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David graham