“Playing With Light” by Louis Thomas and Theo Guignard

So what did you do on your summer vacation? Louis Thomas, a second year animation student from Gobelins, made Playing With Light with his friend Theo Guignard over the summer, during their two month work placement at Cube Creative in Paris.

The pair did all pre-production, storyboards, layout, animation, backgrounds and colors. In fact, if they gave awards for use of color, this short film would be a strong contender for a top prize. I asked Thomas about how the film came together. He graciously wrote back with this:

“Madeline Peirsman helped us a lot on pre compositing (colors in photoshop). Then came Benjamin Moreau for the compositing during 3 weeks. We worked with the sound designer who also made the music, Adrien Caslis, because we wanted to have a sort of clip or a short film with a stronger impact due of the corelation between music and visuals…

“We also had a lot of advice from the professionals at “Cube” from the storyboard to the render, color script… We worked in 2D, animation on paper, then scaned and colors in photoshop…we made all the compositing in after effects and some miscellaneous animation (fishes, jellyfish and special effects) on flash.”


  • Brad Constantine

    Very nice. Great way to kick off a weekend..

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    Beautifully done. Great mood. Compelling. Solid musical score contributed as much as the animation.

  • Steve Zissou

    Great designs, but the color scheme and music feel a little too derivative of Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”.

    • Ned Plimpton

      Hey, are you my dad?

      • rakesh

        :) :) :)

  • http://scottmorse.blogspot.com Scott Morse

    VERY cool. Nice twist, and great timing throughout. Colors were great, too.

  • Tim Douglas

    Looks amazing. Damn, what the heck DID I do this summer?

    Thanks for the much needed jump start.

  • Jabberwocky

    Beautiful colors and I love the music! Yet I can’t help wondering…. where are they going to get food for the kid down there? :P

  • http://strangespanner.blogspot.com/ Lazarus Lupin

    yes good colour and I was going to mention that the sound and music was wonderfully “light” and gave me a nice smile. Odd thing about the deeps, things there can be so colourful beyond where the sun can reach. Who knows what we’ll discover in the future?

  • http://seanvec.com sean

    this is beautiful. well done!!