Saturday, February 19, 2011

Watch: All Five 83rd Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts + The Making-of Featurettes

THE LOST THING, by Andrew Lehman & Shaun Tan DAY & NIGHT, by Teddy Newton LET’S POLLUTE, by Geefwee Boedoe MADAGASCAR, A JOURNEY DIARY (Madagascar, carnet de voyage), by Bastien Dubois THE GRUFFALO, by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang

随着改编自华裔画家 Shaun Tan陈志勇同名儿童书籍的【冲奥】短片《The Lost Thing》全频上线,我也总算【完赏】了《第83届奥斯卡金像奖83rd Annual Academy Award最佳动画短片奖Best Animated Short 的终极五强入围作品,并宣告动摇了我对 Pixar 可囊括动画长短片二奖的期许,觉得最终赢家将会在《The Lost Thing》及《Madagascar, A Journey Diary》之间产生,然众评家普遍上还是看好个人不甚中意的《The Gruffalo》会抡元。随博除了分享5部短片的完整视频,也并附其中4片的制作特备,一窥众幕后制作精英的创作心思。此外,我也同时更新了较早前的【半决赛10强名单】一博,添加【入围遗珠】《The Silence beneath the BarkLe Silence Sous L’ecorce的完整短片;此法国意象杰作的氛围静谧而内蕴哀愁,姑且不论看懂与否,其诗情画意般的作业至少赏心悦目。



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,在海滩上发现了一个走失的奇特生物,并把它带回家,而后被引领至异物世界的故事……;终场那一道门,仿似两极世界的枷锁,剧情的轴意则含载对现实孤立生态的反射。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,此片的胜出机率可谓不容小觑。



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.

结合手绘艺术及三维拟人技术的《Madagascar, A Journey Diary》,采以旅游剪贴簿形式呈现,透过欧洲游客的视角,窥探非洲第一大岛屿 —— 马达加斯加的遗世景象。



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,亦宏观【小人物大智慧】的激励性寓意。



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。


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。