Author Archives: Charlie Balthazar

Animation monday : The Doodle Project

The animation in itself is crazy, beautiful and fun, but the process leading to it is cardinal :

Doodle project. Original sketches next to the artist's drawing it inspired.

Pictoplasma-related artist Dante Zaballa created a simple (yet already quite crazy and well done) 216 frame looping animation. Gave a handful of frames to 62 different artists all over the world for them to redraw them with their own characters and styles. Then asked 14 different musicians to each create a track accompanying one of the animation loops.
The result looks like something out of a cognition-reading machine connected to a cyber-collective unconscious-generated I.A.

The Doodle project

Neither grays nor little green men

1975 Japanese magazine illustrations of creatures from close encounters.
The double distance, both cultural and temporal, allow us to evaluate how much this is an imagery which heavily borrows from science-fiction and in the same time is clearly distinct from it. One cannot help but notice that it’s a visually rich universe, with it’s interpretation possibilities far from being exhausted.

Vintage Japanese representation of aliens from close encouter

vintage representations of aliens witnessed in close encounter of the third kind

It’s about time : The End Of The World, remastered edition

If you love stop-motion animation, the naivete of black and white silent sci-fi films, outdated and grossly inaccurate dinosaur representation, Willis O’Brian, Georges Méliès, Conan Doyle and Jules Verne, sit down, put on your bow-tie and gaiters, your cloche-hat and long pearl necklace :

The (brilliant) Morgann Gicquel just finished the post-production and the remastered edition of The End Of The World is now online !

New and original soundtrack by Sebastian Ferreira, more efficient montage, title cards entirely redone …
And special effects were added thanks to your’s truly ! (among others. It’s a team effort)
Now available with English subtitles.
Enjoy !

Animation monday : Gloam

Created by David Elwell & Gareth Hughes.
The peaceful wandering of an odd wood creature.

I love that they didn’t felt the need to add any actual action to the movie. Keeping it focused on the actual subject : The creature. Pure, unadulterated love for the creature.

I confess, maybe my fondness may have something to do with a passing resemblance she bears with the take on the Sasquatch I did for the “missing link” pictoplasma exhibition.

Animation monday : Azúl

A dream-like journey. The story of someone out of place in his own way, lost in a stranger land he is passionate of in his own way.

I love the poesy of it. The unusual imagery it convoke. The certainly huge amount of work for visual documentation behind it.
Created by Rémy Busson, Francis Canitrot, Aurélien Duhayon, Sébastien Iglesias, Maxence Martin and Paùl Monge, from Supinfo com.