Monday, 1 March 2010

Denis Constantinou & Chara Sottou (co-director) "Fish" & "Hams Off" (2009)

Last year’s winner of the Best Student 2D Animation Award at Animex International is now available on-line. Fish was directed by Denis Constantinou with Chara Sottou co-directing. Made at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, it does what animation does so well, creates an impossible landscape in which the impossible thrives. Thus a line of identical grey men fish from an endless and vast steel island that sprawls from some perpectives like the Great Wall of China. Into this mirthless throng skips a young girl who joins in the sport catching rather more than she bargained for. An imaginative setting then for a film that doesn’t do much for the fishing industry with a lavish dip into the orange palette. Fish bring so much colour into our lives when they are in the water! And inner strength according to the Denis' explanation - unsure what that means, because it's inner. Not limited to 2D, Denis collaborated with a number of Bournmouth MA students (Nicholas Lee, Anthony Magdalinidis. Edward Olive, Wuxan Shi) for the 3D opera in a butchers' shop, Hams Off. Butchers get murderous when their prize hams are purloined. Only 14 weeks in production and I'm impressed. There's a bit of a swagger about it all.

1 comment:

Hans Aranzalez said...

I love this kind of animation.