Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bear Film

Nice style. Well told. 3rd year Calarts film by Kris Anka

a bear film from kris anka on Vimeo.

5 comments:

michelle said...

Really lovely, for me,a lesson in pacing? shots and shot length too. Funny how the bear symbol, character really hits that yearning for nature connection. Loved the seeming simplicity of style too and the subtle art that went into it, like the piles of paper resembling a forest.

Alonso said...

Yeah I loved the style and simplicity. And I was really digging the composition of the screen, loved that long skinny rectangle.

michelle said...

Hey, that's interesting, would you believe I only just noticed that because you mentioned it.(Whuh?)But it does give a sort of "compressed" (vertically) confined feeling in the start then "magically", later it's a vista. I went and checked out his earlier Cal Art work and you can see his maturing as an animation student but the great drawing, concepts and great timing are already there, just needed the combo of the initial talent and a couple of years of full-on honing of skills and hard work. Really nice to see. The Cal Arts students are extremely talented! We are doing our second/final year animations at the screen size of 1024 by 576, so yes, it's really interesting to look at this use of screen dimensions, this must be the widest screen width.

Alonso said...

yeah, I keep thinking about adding his other films in here, just because. I keep having the idea knocking around of doing a short film that really messes with aspect ratio. Nothing says you have to use the whole screen, in a dark room it would work great, but if you tell a story well enough the audience should forget about those black bars. So doing something where you don't use the last 1/4 of the screen, so it's just a black bar, and once everyone's forgotten it at a crucial moment open up a vignette in that unused space with the antagonist or something. So many possibilities, too bad it takes so long to explore them.

michelle said...

Sounds great, hope you get to do it! (okay, I know your'e very busy) It would surely be an interesting end result to see how you used this sort of play with screen ratio, or rather screen yin! as a narrative ploy.