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Gobelins Student Openings for Annecy


While I work up a few reviews from the Annecy International Animation Festival, held earlier this month in France, check out the Annecy festival openings created by groups of students at French animation school Gobelins. My favorite openings this year are Garuda and La ballade sauvage.

  • Jason Groh

    What a beautiful image to start the day with!
    I can only imagine it moving.

  • These are usually my favorite part of Annecy. I wonder how this would go if I tried it with my students? It would be nice to have five students focus on a 45-second film instead of each making a five to eight minute film. Do they spend a full two semesters on this? That would leave them about a 1/3 of a second per student per week.

    One of the things I like about most student film shows is that each film has its own style, so as beautiful as the Gobelins films usually are, it does make me wonder if some of the individual styles are getting lost. They usually have a Gobelins-y style. Airbrushy backgrounds, squat heads, shading. Of course, some of you studio-types might say, “they should get used to losing a bit of their style to be able to learn to work as a team” and I, um, agree. Partly.

  • Chuck R.

    Finally, a posting with Wow-factor. (comparing posters with lightning bolts is a yawner.)

    Wow! Are these typical students? The art looks like they went back to school after working in the field for a long time. Some of the animation is not as fluid as it could be, but the design is very sophisticated. I agree with Amid’s picks. Garuda is jaw-dropping. La Ballade is wonderful, even though the subject matter kind of cries for color.
    Kudos to all!

    BTW, Amid, you have a real knack for pulling choice stills from films. The image above is gorgeous.

  • Can’t help but be drawn into the Garuda short. Very poetic, and dreamy.

    In case anyone is wondering Garuda is represented in Hindu mythology as the scared companion of the deity Vishnu. The creature Garuda is both human and bird, which makes for a pretty cool character. Kudos to the creators for mining up and bringing to life such vivid material. And thanks Amid for sharing as always.

  • Saturnome

    Garuda is the best one without a doubt. I liked Wild Casting too.

  • Barbara

    very beautiful

  • Gobelins’ shorts are usually very awe-inspiring. Like Fran, I would really like to know how their curriculum works. It would be interesting to compare with my own school’s current system.

    Sanjay is of course the expert on Hindu mythology, but the thing that surprises me most about “Garuda” is how it’s so much more “Indian” than any “Indian” animation I’ve seen recently – and made by French students, no less. It goes too show that if you do your research and put some thought and appreciation into your designs, it really shows.

    Off topic – right now I’m looking forward to UTV’s Arjun – it’s directed by an NID (my school) graduate named Arnab Chaudhury. He’s come to take a week of character design for some juniors and yesterday he shared a reel of the completed film with us (as well as the teaser trailer). I must admit that it looks far, far better than any Indian animated feature film we’ve seen recently, but it has a toon-rendered treatment (not unlike Renaissance) and that kind of pulls you out. The design is slightly generic and resembles The Prince of Egypt. The teaser should launch next month and hopefully it can be discussed here soon.

    My only hope is that everyone learns from these really talented students from Gobelins and thanks again for sharing.

  • Charlie

    I visited Gobelins a few years ago when I was studying abroad, and got to tour their facilities. We were told several thousand people apply for their animation program each year, but they only accept 25 of the best. They accept international students too, but only if they speak French. Not only do you have to be an incredible artist, but you also have to have top academic skills as well. Everyone takes drawing, story, and academic tests during the selection process. Once you’re in, then it becomes animation boot camp for 4 years.

    If I remember correctly, the Annecy shorts are created by second and fourth year students. Each short takes 3-4 months by 4-5 students. They really are the best of the best.

  • mickhyperion

    I’m surprised how few comments there have been here, considering that some of these shorts are really groundbreaking and innovative – and from students, no less. Yet, there are 10 times this number of comments about a lightning bolt on a poster.