1. “The Backwater Gospel” by Amid

    Today’s indie column consists of a few posts regarding new short animations created by either small companies or by college students. We start the column with the latest. Enjoy this weeks Indie’s Column.

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    The Animation Workshop, a school in Viborg, Denmark, has posted this year’s crop of student films onto their Vimeo page. The school has embraced the model of successful French animation schools, like Gobelins and Supinfocom, that encourages students to work in teams. Like those schools, the Workshop’s films exhibit the same strengths (incredible production values and technical craftsmanship) and weaknesses (stories lacking point of view and personal voice).

    I haven’t watched all of The Animation Workshop’s graduation films yet (the program is 3-1/2 years hence the mid-year debut of these films), but among the ones I have seen, The Backwater Gospel is a visual standout. The film offers a fresh look that I haven’t seen before, although Luis Cook’s The Pearce Sisters could be considered a stylistic forefather.

    The Backwater Gospel filmmakers—there’s eight of them—made a sincere attempt at stylization, not only in how they textured the characters and used flat lighting, but how they fused that together with a restrained style of movement that doesn’t immediately yell out, “I’m CG!” In particular, I love the stylized mouth shapes of the hobo character, which have a nice sculpted look.

    Drenched in grim atmosphere, every frame looks like a fully rendered illustration; the effect of seeing the characters move through space so effortlessly appeared jarring at times because my eyes didn’t expect to see illustrations moving like this. Terrific use is also made of Flash, which is seamlessly integrated into the CGI.

    Bo Mathorne – Director
    Arthur Gil Larsen – Animation Lead
    Mads Simonsen – Technical director
    Thomas Grønlund – Animator
    Rie Nymand – Animator
    Esben Sloth – Art Director
    Martin Holm-Grevy – Environment lead
    Tue Toft Sørensen – Animator

    Music composed and performed by:
    Sons of Perdition

    Voice actors:
    The Tramp: Zebulon Whatley
    The Minister: Lucien Dodge
    Bubba: Phillip Sacramento
    Towns people: Laura Post

    Michelle Nardone – Production supervisor
    Katrine Talks – Production supervisor
    Jessie Roland – Animation supervisor
    Christian Kuntz – Animatic supervisor
    Patrick Voetberg – Editing supervisor
    Sunit Parekh-Gaihede – CG supervisor
    Jared Embley – Rigging supervisor
    Thomas Christensen – Sound supervisor
    Svend Nordby – Technical supervisor

    Peter Albrechtsen – Sound design consultant
    Michael Valeur – Story consultant
    Andrew Harris – CG Consultant
    Mads Juul – Animatic consultant
    Saschka Unseld – 3D animatic consultant
    Anna Kubik – 3D animatic consultant
    Jericca Cleland – Story consultant
    Marec Fritzinger – Design consultant
    Tomm Moore – Design consultant
    Lawrence Marvit – Design consultant
    Niels Bach – Background consultant

    (Thanks, Justin Goran)

    Cartoon Brew

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