Here's a film I missed out on when hors de combat for much of last year. Hezarfen is the graduation movie of four guys from Supinfocom Arles. It was inspired by a real life flight in Istanbul in 1632, way before the Wright Brothers made theirs. That's about it for historical accuracy for what occurs is a chain reaction in which everything flies including a chicken that by my estimation surpassed a cat's nine lives. Timing and the unexpected are the essence of comedy and for three minutes or so the guys throw the kitchen sink and a flock of sheep at the piece before the initially reluctant flier flies. The four guys (Tolga Ari, Romain Blanchet, Chung-Yu Huang and Rémy Hurlin) had some help for two months when fellow student Ma Chao helped out to ensure deadlines were met. (Check out his link and also the movie's dedicated website.) I am shortly to commence a series of articles on all the great animation schools. Suffice it to say, Supinfocom is fast becoming, if it isn't already, the great CG school. Typically, the programs used by the students included Adobe Photoshop, 3ds Max, Fusion, After Effects and Premiere. Now I have read, in January last year, a discussion on Cartoon Brew to the effect that this is just another chase movie, one of many from the school. I found it exhilarating, carried along with the sheer energy of music, sound effects and expert animation.