Wednesday, 13 May 2009

"Yankee Gal" (2008) Antoine Perez, Céline Desrumaux, Francois Pons & Gary Levesque

I've grown accustomed to the technical expertise of the students from the Supinfocom animation school. Antoine Perez, Céline Desrumaux, Francois Pons and Gary Levesque are from a conveyor belt of talent. Their final year movie Yankee Gal demonstrates all the students' customary CG skill but more importantly it sucks one into the storyline from the opening shots of the warplane plummeting in flames towards the ground, the pilot seemingly helpless in his attempts to arrest the descent. The movie counterpoises the plight of the pilot with his seduction by a femme fatale, a nightclub singer whose deadly temptations fight for his mind. Death takes many forms. Brilliance with the software is strangely taken for granted. I almost think it commonplace now for a burning plane to be so realistically depicted though here the four students responsible have not been afraid to use 2D where appropriate. The use of metaphor is extraordinarily well handled, the colours, situation and characterisation each mirroring the other. The nightclub table and contents shudders and the fuselage is wrenched apart in an exciting sequence where two realities are blended together. The scene with the cabaret singer is also artfully staged. I did not think students could afford to visit a place like that let alone recreate one complete with Marilyn Monroe/ Cole Porter song and performance. Music leads me to composer Olivier Calmel who has added a dramatic soundtrack that is professional, adding an immeasurable quality to the movie. Nice to see that all four achieved work in the industry, a visit to their website providing the details. The conclusion to the movie, by the way, is inevitable. "In 300 metres....I'll eat you." Never listen to the sweet murmurings of dangerous ladies.

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