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Cartoon Brew Pick

‘Dark Noir’ by Rafael Grampá

“My name is Vincent Black and I can see things other people can’t.” Created for Absolut Vodka’s “Next Frame.”

Making-of video:

Written and Directed by Rafael Grampá
Animation Studio: Red Knuckles
Director of Photography: Red Knuckles
Red Knuckles Creative Directors: Mario Ucci and Rick Thiele
Producer: Monica Domanska
Character designer: Rafael Grampá
Lead Animator: Lucas Vigroux
3D Animators: Giovanni Braggio, Scott Beharrell Bono, Chris Whyte, Magali Barbe, Florian Mounié, Martyn Smith
2D Animators: Adrien Gromelle, Stephen Vuillemin, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Alice Bissonnet, Duncan Gist, Giovanni Braggio
Technical Director: Maïckel Pasta
Lighting TD: Patrick Krafft
Environment Modelling: Florent Rousseau
Mattepaintings: Manuel Dischinger, Ian McQue, One Pixel Brush
Lead Storyboard Artist: Rafael Grampá
Storyboard Artists: Luciano Salles, Duncan Gist
Editor: Seamus Masterson
Production Company: Jimmy Lee Amsterdam
Producer: Justin Townsend
Voice of Vincent Black: Doug Cockle
Voice of Madaleana Proud: Ajit Sandhu
Music & Sound Company: Wake the Town
Sound Engineer & Music Composer: Paul Sumpter
Music Company: Croacia
Music Composer: Marcio Chavemarin
‘Paper Bones’: Written and performed by Mike Ghost
Based on the original story and characters created by Rafael Grampá.

(Thanks, Tony Mora)

  • Man that was really good! Wonderful storytelling all the way to the end, and it was simple. The team did a great job with this, thanks for posting this Amid!

  • Pat

    Congratulations guys :)

  • jhalpernkitcat

    That was absolutely incredible. Gotta love those designs for the demons–especially that purple baby with wings instead of ears.
    It would make a heck of a good animated series–or a comic book.

  • I love the warning in front of the video. “This material relates to the promotion of alcohol and should not be viewed by anyone below the legal age of alcohol purchase in the country of viewing.” Wot? Makes no sense when booze adds are standard on primetime TV.

    At any rate, this short was pretty impressive. Both in technique and the way it managed to tell a story in such a short period of time.

  • stoneseeker

    LOVE this.

  • this is refreshing to see

  • animina

    I want to se mooooore! Looks amazing! :-D