Poilus – The Hairy One.

Once again I am absolutely blown away by the quality of work that is being produced by students these days. I know the hardware and software are better than it was even ten years ago let alone twenty plus, but there is more to it than the simple mastery of your tool set. The story telling level is better, the understanding of atmosphere, and how to build tension, the editing, etc. The animated short below was created by a group of seven students at ISART DIGITAL, the Video Game and 3D Animation / VFX School for their graduation film The title “Poilus” means the hairy one. It is a term of endearment for a French WWI infantryman the main character of the film. This is really solid work, and I have no doubt this crew will go on to great things as they leave college and embark on a career in animation.

3D Animation : Guillaume AUBERVAL, Léa DOZOUL, Simon GOMEZ, Timothé HEK, Hugo LAGRANGE, Antoine LAROYE and David LASHCARI
Music & Sound Design : Aina ANDRIAN, Paul BARRET, Gabriel DALMASSO, Auriane FATON, Elio GERMANI and Lesly VERDEROSA

“Flight of the Stories” for the 100 Year Anniversary of The War to end All Wars.

The 28th of July marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War. I’m keenly aware of it because the World War One Memorial is located in Kansas City less than four blocks from where I work. As we approach the anniversary there are many memorial and recognition services planned for the “War to End All Wars”.

Aardman of Wallace & Gromit fame have created a 90 second spot for the Imperial War Museum, London and to commemorate the First World War Centenary anniversary in the United Kingdom later this month. This animated spot is part of a much larger multi-platform campaign that has been developed over the last year.

Directed by Darren Dubicki the spot takes the viewer on a journey that not only travels distance, but crosses time as well connecting today to those that never came home. There are two videos below, the 90 second spot and the making of. The making of video goes into the thinking and strategy behind the piece and is well worth watching to see how the create was fleshed out for this.

Saturday Summer Sipping.

As the temperatures go up, the need for a lighter refreshing summer cocktail is in full swing. I’m not a gin guy, but lately I’ve been drinking French 75’s made with Tanqueray Malacca and all I can say is “Oh Hell Yes”. The cocktail, which dates to the end of the First World War, and is named for the famed French 75mm canon, meets all my needs. The recipe I am using is slightly different from the traditional with the addition os Grand Marnier, which adds a nice additional aromatic to the overall flavor pallet of the drink. The recipe is below. Enjoy.

2 ounces Tanqueray Malacca gin
1¼ ounces Grand Marnier 150
1½ ounces lemon
2½ ounces Champagne
Lemon twist

Shake gin, Grand Marnier, and lemon over ice in a cocktail shaker, then strain into a martini glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. Makes two.