Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I got a chance to see "Nocturna" (http://movies.filmax.com/nocturna/) This memorial day in the Seattle International Film Festival. For those who haven't heard of it, it's a Spanish (English Language) film created by Sergio Pablos's Animagic Films as well as a number of other artists and studios. I enjoyed it a lot. It's a slightly dark fairy tale about a world that comes alive at night. SIFF described it as "Monsters Inc. crossed with the work of Hayao Miyazaki" which I found to be a pretty accurate description. The visuals were gorgeous, and the story was clever and enchanting. If I have any complaint, it's that at times the animation dropped from beautifully smooth, in-betweened shots, to only key drawings on sixes or so. This is something I noticed on Curious George as well and I assume it must have something to do with budget. To an animator's eye it was a little distracting but occurred rarely and ultimately didn't detract too much. I hope that it will eventually get a decent DVD release, and if you get the chance to see it, I would highly recommend it.
Ok, I promise I'll post some work soon. LOTS of it.