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Friday, 9 May 2008

Top Three Radiohead Videos




AniBoom’s forum for their Radiohead competition has been red hot since the semi-finalists were announced. Disappointed entrants have understandably taken the opportunity to air their grievances. I have even submitted my feelings on the matter of what constitutes a storyboard. To judging babies and dogs, one must add animation – I know this, from bitter experience! AniBoom is a huge resource and outlet for all those involved in the animation industry. Their team has been working flat out, to judge from the emails and information I have received from the team, together with a first rate website exposure. In their defence, in selecting a short list the judges clearly need to know that the animator has the capacity to animate their storyboard. Therefore the ideal would be storyboard plus short animated extract.


So away from the furore of what was preconceived prior to the contest or not, here’s my three suggestions for the final. It's a personal view of course and certainly not one I couldn't be persuaded out of in debate.

Four movies are so good they simply don’t need the lure of the competition to activate them. (I’m sure their creators would not agree, or the AniBoom panel, maybe the band itself.) Preston by Marko Milankovic has all the makings of a stunning 3D piece, an award winner in its own right. Its relationship to Radiohead is tenuous however. Ditto for 15step by Hideyuki Kota. Reckoner by Clement Picon is almost the finished article ready for release with or without the track. The movement is terrific. Wish Away the Nightmare (Jigsaw) by Henning Koczy is reminiscent of Ivan Maximov and therefore supremely stylish. From what I can see it's just about complete. All four movies are given top marks but not, at this storyboard stage, in a competition for Radiohead.
The top three then:
Faust Arp Video by Dany Saadia has excited interest on the forum but I think it is distinctive enough for me to see it developed to full length. I quibbled with the lack of storyboard but quality is quality and, as one correspondent has informed me, less than a minute has been produced so far. I’m also reminded that Dany is the director, not animator. One final note, I like the colour as it is, the washed out, faded quality adds something.

Zoo by Anthony Catania is also distinctive and if it is animated as well as it has been drawn I think it could be tremendous. Great idea. I can see that triumphant escape of the previously caged animals into a different world, a sort of Ark without Noah.

All I Need by Gerhard Human has been produced to a impressively high quality as far as it goes. Revolution’s in the air and a cheque for $10,000 may just stimulate the unrest. I suppose I want to see how it develops.

So that's it. Glad I'm not the judge. Tomorrow it's back to my normal routine of praising animations of a quality that I could only dream of creating. I need to add that the image of Radiohead used above was taken from an interesting blog linking the band with Philip Larkin.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like to draw your ttention to the fact that at Aniboom each person could have also uploaded a full quality example or showreel to their profile (not in the contest Stage 1).

If interested in a storyboard, the judges would simply have had to click the "More from this creator" link to see if the animator was up to the task.

Therefore you argument that:
"In their defence, in selecting a short list the judges clearly need to know that the animator has the capacity to animate their storyboard. Therefore the ideal would be storyboard plus short animated extract."
is tenuous at best.