“El Clasico” by Richard Swarbrick

Despite my distain for Robert Zemeckis’ mo-cap monstrosities – I believe live action can be effectively used to create great animated films. Here’s a good example. Commissioned by Sky Sports this rotoscoped piece, by Richard Swarbrick of London’s Hotspur and Argyle, beautifully transforms soccer footage (from Barcelona’s 5-0 drubbing of Real Madrid earlier this year) into fine art.

CREDITS
Directed by Richard Swarbrick
Produced by Luke Arthur.
Music: Lady Labyrinth by Ludovico Einaudi

(Thanks, Andy Reingold)


  • http://joelbrinkerhoff.blogspot.com/ Joel Brinkerhoff

    You are confusing mo-cap with rotoscope. I think the stylistic choices of rotoscope make it more organic than mo-cap.

  • http://www.jjsedelmaier.com J.J. Sedelmaier

    Beautiful piece Jerry – I hear ya !!

  • http://spitandspite.com Cool

    Isn’t it strange how it still feels stiff? Especially around a 1:03 or so and then after. Great moments to push and use the medium of animation to punch up the emotion of the loss and the excitement of the win but it’s still just roto with Waking Life-like scribbles over it no? As opposed to- Doh! I forgot the artist’s name but they’ve been posted here- there were 2 examples where “rotomation” was used but pushed to beautiful heights through animation… one guy was a figure artist…. ugh, his drawing style is so his but I can’t remember his name. It was a black and white piece… Anyways, not to take anything away, still a great piece and I wasn’t in on the “creative meetings” w/ the producers from the network so I don’t want this to be a negative post but man, even with such artistic input in the strokes and line variation, isn’t it nuts how staying “true to life/video footage” can drain so much? Just a thought.

    Great piece. I’m jealous!

    Makes me want to try this w/ some video footage as an experiment and see what results.

    Either way, cool stuff.

    • CC

      You might be thinking of Joseph Peirce’s ‘Standup’?

      I agree with you ‘Cool’- this animation isn’t pushed enough, a tad boring after a half a minute- still an interesting technique though. Reminds me a bit of ‘Madagascar- A Journey Diary’.

  • Jason

    What you saying Jerry,

    Bakshi’s Fire and Ice or The Hobbit weren’t your favorite movies?

  • http://spitandspite.com Cool

    Ryan Woodward! That’s who I was thinking of…

    great article and clips about that process:

    http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2011/01/animator-explains-his-work.html

    And yea, I agree with Joel, you’re confusing the two. It’s almost as if you could mocap someone doing these things and do some CG renderings over it w/ cooky textures and almost get the same feel, still flat.

    Pretty tho’

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    Very nice, the music helps a whole lot, no doubt. It reminds me of some of the work of Jeff Scher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/JM-Urbina-Animation-Director/138440486216374 J.M. Urbina

    THE FORM IS ART
    THE CONTENT IS ART ( TAKE THAT REAL MADRID)

    I THINK MOCAP IS GOOD AS LONG AS IT IS USED FOR THINGS THAT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO SELL THAT WELL WITH MAKEUP.

    LIKE THE NEW PLANET OF APES
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqyKYrDta_E

    SORRY TIM BURTON :(

  • Sat

    Reminds me somewhat of Georges Schwizgebel’s “Hors jeu”. Soccer rotoscoped with a painted look. But then it’s transformed into basketball and hockey…

  • http://www.enigmation.de slowtiger

    It doesn’t have to be fine art – remember that it’s for TV, and I would like this much more over what stations use as advertisings here. And it had some moments which were good enough to build a whole short around them.

  • Charles

    “Este cuadro es hecho por isabel”
    There’s a frame that says that.

    • http://animaic.tumblr.com Migue

      haha! I saw it too!

  • Karim

    Excellent! amazing how the composition looks naturally great with the brown negative space as a background. thumbs up to the guys on that job!

  • http://somebodyelseslightbox.blogspot.com/ Dani Boy

    As a Spurs supporter, I feel it is my duty to point out the animated ‘Gareth Bale vs Inter Milan’ – by the same artist. Also, I’m impressed that Americans are taking an interest in football. (Real football that is, not your American fake yellow stuff) :)