Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Paperman - Walt Disney Short (UPDATE)

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, "Paperman." 

Uses a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

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UPDATE - This won "Best Animated Short Film 2013" at the Oscars. Congratulations to Disney!

This is a beautiful short, with a fluid and endearing style. Their proprietary software displaces textures with motion vectors which is quite impressive.

Here's a little known breakdown showing some nice behind the scenes footage, thanks to itsartmag

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