Pivot

The push back against realism in computer animation continues with Pivot, a striking and confident CG short from The Netherlands. It’s designed and animated by Kevin Megens, Floris Vos, Arno de Grijs, and André Bergs. The caricatured animation and design-oriented approach to filmmaking is packed with clever visual ideas, which helps one forgive the lack of originality in the story. Sound design by Alex Debicki also adds to the overall effect. Pre-production art and more information about the filmmakers at PivotTheMovie.com.

(Thanks, Charles H.)

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  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    1: I like this.

    2: Did these guys do a car commercial that’s airing now on TV? I forget the car, but it has the same style of 3D characters, with the same flat-shaded, deliberately popping normals. A bunch of colorful musicians play, and then a car does a car thing and an announcer says some car stuff.

  • http://www.frankrause.com/franimation/ Fran Krause

    Nice visual style, but whenever a cartoon ends this way, a little voice says, “Here we go again!”

  • Pedro Nakama

    Nice! Thanks for posting.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    Okay, the car maker is Honda. Here are two of the ads I’m talking about that resemble PIVOT’s style:

    http://tinyurl.com/y87v2vp (Quicktime, 17 megs)
    and
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEn6as_IgsU

  • http://foadghorbani.blogspot.com/ Foad

    Nice Low Poly work. I really like style and animation, not the story, I expected to see a new story, but it didnt happen.

  • http://pierreportfolio.blogspot.com/ Pierre Fontaine

    Wow, that was very clever and I have to say the execution was spot on. Very cool indeed!

  • http://www.animehell.org danno!

    Great film noir quality to this. And the soundtack is really good, too.

  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ mick

    great stuff… great touches here and there and all over… plus, I have some pants like that

  • http://comemeetjesus.blogspot.com Chris powell

    I liked it. I can see what you guys mean about the predictable ending but still very cool.

  • http://andrelucato.com Andre

    A rather well directed thriller. Predictable, but still very well done !

  • http://www.borishiestand.com Boris Hiestand

    Chase shorts seem to be more and more popular!
    Very sexy, especially the sound design.

    Erg mooi werk.

  • http://tetecarree.blogspot.com David Gale

    Very cool looking! Radiohead had an “internet only” video a few years ago which looked a bit like this which I’ve never been able to find since.

  • http://highlyrecommended.blogspot.com Satorical

    From Memento: “So what am I doing? I’m chasing this guy. No, he’s chasing me.”

  • http://www.blogforyizhao.blogspot.com Yi Zhao

    To David Gale,

    I think you mean the video for their number ‘go to sleep’.

    See the image http://www.3dawards.org/nominees/images/go_to_sleep.jpg

  • http://tetecarree.blogspot.com David Gale

    Yup, that’d be it. Thanks, Yi Zhao.