Wednesday, December 1, 2010

10 Animated Shorts Advance in 83rd Oscar Race

Day & Night The Gruffalo The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger Let’s Pollute Coyote Falls
“Urs” Sensology The Silence Beneath the Bark (Le Silence Sous L’ecorce) The Lost Thing Madagascar, A Journey Diary

早前曾贴博分享了《第83届奥斯卡金像奖》最佳动画短片奖Best Animated Short ——33部合格入选作品】的部分完整短片及预告片段;时隔近一周,美国电影艺术与科学学院AMPAS也正式宣布了【半决赛10强名单】,其中前文提及的 Pixar 出品《Day & Night》,及改编自华裔画家 Shaun Tan陈志勇同名儿童书籍的《The Lost Thing》皆顺利闯关。以下是10部入围作品的简介整理,前6片附完整视频,后4片则是片段预赏;而这10部晋级短片,将力争终极三或五强席位,后于美国时间2011年2月27日决一胜负。


DAY & NIGHT”,
Director: Teddy Newton (United States, 2010, 6 min)

When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other's unique qualities--and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world-the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.

《Day & Night》是《Toy Story 3》放映前献上的【甜点】,亦是《The Incredibles》角色设计师 Teddy Newton 在 Pixar 的导演处女作,讲述情绪两极的【昼】与【夜】,从敌视到交心的故事;除了在视效上呈现日夜分明的色泽、景像及逗趣的元素,亦带出了两个极端个体融合互补的含意,投影于现今人性走偏的社会,可谓骚到痒处。


COYOTE FALLS”,
Director: Matthew O’Callaghan (United States, 2010, 3 min)

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner burst from the screen with state-of-the-art CG animation, rendered in stereoscopic 3D, in three new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical cartoon shorts that introduce these beloved characters to a whole new generation of fans as the Coyote continues his epic quest to capture the Road Runner.

华纳经典卡通 Looney Tunes 系列登上银幕,其中《Coyote Falls》正是三部 3D 短片之一;且看对头冤家 —— 大野狼Coyote与 BB 鸟Road Runner这回将闹出啥笑话。


THE GRUFFALO”,
Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lang (Great Britain, 2010, 27 min)

A 2009 television film that premiered on the BBC television network in the United Kingdom on 25 December. The thirty minute film, based on the best-selling children’s book of the same name by Julia Donaldson, features a voice cast including James Corden, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt, and Rob Brydon, with Helena Bonham Carter narrating the story.

《The Gruffalo》乃改篇自英国著名作家 Julia Donaldson 及插画作家 Axel Scheffler 的同名作品,是 BBC 在圣诞节期间推出的节目之一,讲述小老鼠在幽林觅食之际连遇巨兽,急中生智化解致命杀机的逗趣历险记。


LET’S POLLUTE”,
Director: Geefwee Boedoe (United States, 2010, 7 min)

In the spirit of 50’s & 60’s educational films, “Let’s Pollute” is a modern satire on how pollution is our heritage and keeps our economy growing strong, while instructing us how to be better polluters for a better blighted tomorrow.

《Let’s Pollute》乃仿制五六时年代战时宣导短片,用反讽手法【呼吁】衰败的愚众尽情污染,使劲去毁灭已不复美好的明天。



SENSOLOGY”,
Director: Michel Gagné (United States, 2010, 6 min)

Sensology is a short animated film by Michel Gagné that visualizes in abstract form, an improvised musical session by two leaders of the avant-guarde jazz movement, Paul Plimley (piano) and Barry Guy (bass). It was handdrawn (painted) with a Wacon tablet at first, and later, a Cintiq, using Adobe Photoshop. The drawings and frames were then composited and manipulated in a 2D software called Animo. There is no vector animation at any point in the film. The animation was done stream of consciousness, one frame at a time at a rate of 30 frames per second. Because a film needs to be 24 FPS in order to be submitted to the Academy, Michel had to create a new master which took quite a bit of creativity and effort in order to preserve as much of the animation as possible.

就风格而论,【联觉】形态的感官意象短片《Sensology》是入围作品中的异数;其创作人 Michel Gagné 曾为 Pixar 佳作《Ratatouille》效力,堪称品质保证。


THE SILENCE BENEATH THE BARK” (Le Silence Sous L’ecorce),
Director: Joanna Lurie (France, 2009, 11 min)

A subtle tremor from a fallen tree rouses two curious subterranean creatures. Their delightful discovery of the painterly world above leads them to extraordinary encounters that are strange, bitter-sweet and wonderful.

相当诗情画意的艺术小品,无声胜有声,勾勒陌生国度的奇遇,既精彩也苦涩。


THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER”,
Director: Bill Plympton (United States, 2010, 6 min)

“The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger” is a children’s fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately the test of a mother’s love.

早于1987年已首度竞逐奥斯卡动画短片奖的美国独立漫画名导 Bill Plympton ,今届凭借黑色幽默作品《The Cow who wanted to be hamburger》力求第三度闯入决选。片中的吉士牛展现【初生之犊不怕死】之姿,向往与前辈共赴肉厂,成为堂堂正正的大汉堡,牛妈眼见爱子【误入歧途】,即时伸出援蹄……


THE LOST THING”,
Directors: Andrew Lehman, Shaun Tan (Australia, 2010, 15 min)

The Lost Thing is a fifteen-minute CG animated short with a tactile, painterly feel, is based on a children’s book by Shaun Tan. It won the top short film prize earlier this year at the Annecy International Animation Festival. Co-directed by Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, the film was produced by a micro-crew of four artists out of Passion Pictures Australia. The story follows a boy finds a strange creature on a beach, and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to.

改编自澳洲知名华裔插画家 Shaun Tan陈志勇 / 其父是马来西亚华侨同名作品的3D动画《The Lost Thing》,是《2010安锡动画影展》Annecy 2010的最高荣誉水晶奖得主;值得一提的是,Shaun Tan 也参与了导演工作,与 Andrew Ruhemann 合作完成这部短片。影片的背景设于未来的疏离世界,讲述一名喜欢搜集瓶盖的男孩,在海滩上发现了一只奇特的生物,并把它带回家,而后竟被引领至一个奇幻世界……。此片的筹制单位 Passion Pictures 是英国数一数二的老字号动画公司,曾为 Gorillaz 、Coldplay 等知名乐团制作动画 MV,亦是许多动画影展的得奖常客;而凭借他们在3D 动画界的超凡成就,此片的出线胜算可谓十拿九稳。


URS”,
Director: Moritz Mayerhofer (Germany, 2009 10 min)

Many years Urs looked after his aging mother. But now he sets out for a dangerous journey: He carries her up a mountain to find a better place for both of them. But his mother doesn't want to leave her home... “URS” is a story about responsibility. How long can you bear an intolerable condition? Isn’t it good to try to change things? But what about others. Can you really decide what's the best for someone else?

《Urs》是德国新锐 Moritz Mayerhofer 的毕业佳作,时长10分钟,采用数字绘景matte paintings及 CGI 角色的形式炮制,剧情围绕在主人公 Urs 与年迈母亲相依为命的故事。当 Urs 决定背着母亲【攀峰移居】,却没顾虑到她对老家的情意结;他对母亲的孝心当然毋庸置疑,涉险徒迁也只不过想安居于更好的生活环境,然而【欲改变】的想法,一旦落入一厢情愿的迷思,总有一方受到伤害。人生总有一环一绕的束缚,面对【责任】,你的决心够强么?


MADAGASCAR, A JOURNEY DIARY” (Madagascar, carnet de voyage),
Director: Bastien Dubois (France, 2009, 11:30 min)

A stunning travelogue in which a traveler explores a foreign land and unexpected customs. Told through a variety of animation techniques, this film is a wonderful view into someone’s travel scrapbook, and what he takes away with him.

采以手绘及3D制作方式作精致结合,透过欧洲游客的视角,窥探非洲岛 —— 马达加斯加。