Today’s movie is both stunning, and shocking. It is also beautifully composed despite the subject matter. Death Penalty was made for TBWA Paris for Amnesty International directed by the French collective Pleix. Four executions from around the world are depicted in melting wax statues: firing squad, hanging, decapitation and electrocution. The purpose of the Animation Blog is to not to promulgate my views on matters other than animation but I confess the obscenity of such practices is made manifest in the stark, white beauty of tableaux exquisitely made, dismembered by the heat from Amnesty’s logo, a candle. I immediately assumed the piece was actual footage of molten candles. In fact although that was the original intention the effect was unsatisfactory when tested so apart from one or two live action sequences (crème fresh made quite a mess of the director’s kitchen) the sculptures are CG, a technique that involved many tricks to achieve the desired result. The music, Everyday, from Carly Comando completes a remarkable piece that will assuredly win awards. A note from Amnesty International on the death penalty: More than two-thirds of the countries of the world have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice. While 58 countries retained the death penalty in 2009, most did not use it. 18 countries were known to have carried out executions, killing a total of 714 people in 2009. However, this figure does not include the thousands of executions that were likely to have taken place in China, which refused to divulge figures on its use of the death penalty.