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29/06/2007

Smith & Foulkes To Direct Title Sequence For PLATFORM International Animation Festival

Directing duo Smith & Foulkes of Nexus Productions have been invited to direct the title sequence for the debut PLATFORM International Animation Festival.
The mission of this first major US animation festival is to give artists from around the world a non-commercial forum that allows for their continued inspiration and growth. The festival’s six-day program includes premieres and retrospectives, rare screenings, guest speakers, exhibitions and workshops with leading artists.
The title sequence tells the story of a little white cubes epic journey to join the PLATFORM box party. The sequence was blocked out as 3D animation with camera moves and every frame of animation planned out. The moves were then taken on to the shoot to act as reference.
Smith & Foulkes used a Canon Digital SLR camera linked up to a laptop allowing them to capture frames and play them back checking the shots as they went along. By shooting digitally Smith & Foulkes ended up with a much larger image size to work with when compared with the normal 35mm motion picture frame. These frames were then taken into After Effects and Photoshop for a clean-up where people and rigs from shots were removed. A final grade was then added in Flame.
Smith & Foulkes added: "Its not often you get the chance to do pretty much what the hell you like, so we took the opportunity to get our hands dirty – with pigeon muck mostly. The PLATFORM Festival supports a very DIY aesthetic so we wanted to reflect this working within whatever physical constraints on set that were thrown at us, be it the vagaries of the British weather or whatever location we could beg for the day. It was fun to find as many creative solutions as possible to get the footage, from integrated 3D for the ship to a nine-inch long toy truck suspended in the air. That to us is what PLATFORM is about - using any technique, high end or handmade, to tell a story."
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