Monday, August 03, 2009

Gobelins - Annecy 2009 Animation Intro

The Gobelins School is something of an anomaly when compared to other schools that teach animation. There is really no comparison except maybe Cal Arts (on a good year). The short animated films that come out the Gobelins school are really fantastic and convey a look that is clean, professional, and polished. There is however a definite animation style the flavors most of these films. I remember when "Burning Safari" came out a couple of years ago and I loved the 'snappy' style of animation. But what seems to be a reoccurring theme in most of the Gobelin films is fast action and editing. In most all cases the animation is spot-on and so is the editing but it looses it's uniqueness when every other film is featuring these same themes. For example the film "Octopodi" has an immaculate chase scene at the end (which is finely animated I might add) but it still slips into that fast action fast editing mode that many Gobelin films feature. Don't get me wrong because I love the action and camera work. It just makes me wonder why so many of the films end up using these techniques as a major part of the story or as a crutch to help support the film when it lacks a story. Any thoughts?

Here's the 2009 Annecy Animations:

1 comment:

Jaz said...

I managed to see most of the Gobelins films that played before sessions at Annecy this year. It's amazing how you can look at the first few seconds of each one and know automatically that it came from that school.