CGIndia Interview with Team, Behind CG short "fin d'ete"
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An Interview With Creators of "fin d'ete" by Amit Dixit !!
CGIndia interviewed the guys behind inspirational CG short "fin d'ete" (End of summer). The fin d'ete team (Patrick Harboun, Ronan Le Fur and Joaquim Montserrat) worked on it for 6 months within their studies at Supinfocom, a French CG animation school. I was completely impressed by the animation, the way they compiled the different shots and specially the great ambience of environments. We appreciate the Team-members of fin'dete, for taking time-out for the Interview.
Qus1:Tell us, about your team members and their role in Production of fin d'ete??
Team:Joaquim Montserrat comes from Reunion Island , in the Indian Ocean. Ronan Le Fur is from Brittany in France and I come from Luxembourg . We met each other during our studies in the French CG animation school Supinfocom. "fin d'ete" is really a team effort. The three of us really worked a bit on everything, from the first sketches to the final renders. Of course over the course of the project, each one of us specialized in one area, but we still kept an eye over each other's shoulder.
Qus2: Can you put some light on the storyline? What was your inspiration?
Team:We wanted to create a contemplative movie, based upon moods and colours that we had in mind. Once we had outlined the particular ambience we wanted to portray, we came up with a thin storyline to link the film together. Also, the three of us are quite fond of Asian cinema and animation, especially of those contemplative sequences, where the time seems frozen and you just feel like walking into the scenery.
Qus3: Give us some brief about the different stages of pre and post-production? What are the biggest challenges you have faced while making your animation short?
Team:The design and the storyboard process took us a very long time and we went through a lot of different storyboards. But it was very important to have a good basic structure in order to be able to spend more time on details later. Also, we decided early on to push both the animatic and the layout to very advanced states. The composition of the shots, the design of the character, the video and audio editing … we really wanted to have a first shot on everything.
Qus4: We love the environments in your animation short... Tell us about the process involved in making such magnificent environments?
Team:Thank you very much! The use of After Effects and the camera map technique helped us to give a "2D-ish" look to the movie and also to have full control over the colours and the lightings. The trickiest part was to have a good progression of the light during the movie, and still to have this continuity between the shots. We also worked with Photoshop, rendering a draft image with 3ds Max, and then changing the colours very quickly to try out different things. It was one of our goals to get such a warm and coloured quality of image with a kind of ethereal feel to it.
Qus5: What are you doing now and what's NEXT?
Joaquim: I'm working at Digital Magic FX Bangkok, in Thailand, trying to deal with the Thai language. For the moment, I'm getting some experience on quick and various projects like commercials, cinema features and visual effects, but I still do personal work on my spare time, and I'm eventually thinking of a new story for an upcoming project.
Patrick:I work for Sony Games/Ninja Theory in Cambridge, UK . I'm really interested in the current evolution of videogames towards less childish themes and more immersive experiences. I'm also working on some very short animations, because I know it's hard to carry on large personal projects outside one's job. Ultimately, I'd love to create a "short game", like a short film.
Ronan:I'm working in Paris for various companies producing commercials and video games cut scenes. I am also involved in several graphic novel projects and have a few ideas for short films. But right now, I consider myself as a rookie in computer graphics. I still have a lot to learn....
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Related Link : www.findete.com
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