I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Jojo in the Stars

Jojo in the Stars is a film by Marc Craste, a senior animation Director at Studio AKA in London. It is a compelling use of atmosphere and spare story elements that packs an emotional whallop in the end. My only complaint is that there arent' more in the series. I know that a lot of you may have already seen the short and also visited the studio site but it is always such a treat to watch the shorts and commercial again...and again. "Jojo" is the first film to come out of Studio AKA, which actually grew out of a series of short one minute animation's called "Pica Towers," elements of which were developed for some TV idents.

The Characters were created in CGI, using Softimage XSI and After Effects for postproduction. Emphasis was placed on creating a compelling atmosphere with dramatic lighting and reductive forms whilst capturing the absorbing beauty of black and white film. The idea was to explore a look not often associated with computer generated images, avoiding the overall sheen and even lighting in favour of a more heavily textured, less defined look.


- BAFTA 2004 ~ Best Short Animated Film.
- Clermont Ferrand 2004 ~ Prix Du Meilleur Film D’animation
- Aspen Short Film Festival 2004 ~ Special Jury Prize
- International 3D Awards Copenhagen ~ Best Short Film
- Animasia SICAF 2004 ~ Short Film Grand Prize
- Bradford Animation Festival 2004 ~ Grand Prix
- Brief Encounters Festival 2004 ~ Best of British

I've been in correspondence with Philip Hunt (a studio partner/director) and Director Marc himself. I got to screen a copy of Jojo they furnished me(we made a trade, my books for the dvd copy of the short. I was reluctant since my books, in my opinion, don't quite make it up to the level of a finished short. I keep my silence) projected large in a proper screening room--that was a treat. You can order your own copy of the short from the studio, they just offered it for sale late last year.


Blogger Brian said...

Love the site. I come here often, but have never posted a comment.

I eat dinner with James Baker a few times a week. He mentions you alot.


9:07 PM

Blogger Chad Kerychuk said...

That's a beautiful poster. I have yet to see the short and will do so for sure now.

10:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Jojo on the last Annecy's animation Festival...Beautiful! wonderful!Buy the DVD!


ps:excuse my approximative english, i'm French...
ps2:Bravo for this blog!

12:13 AM

Blogger Ronnie said...


Thanks for being a regular visitor. Jamie Baker? The most patient man in Animation? James Baker the Australian patron saint of equanimity? I am such a James Baker fan. You don't find much nicer foks than dear Jamie. He likes Indian food. He's around the corner from me here at work.


Go and check out their site. They sell the short there now. Marc Craste had in mind, he tells me, to make a hundred of the Pica Towers till forever. Not too many takers for cute noir slasher serials. Wonder why.


You saw it! Awesome! Your English is infinitely better than my french will ever be.

Thanks all around.


11:32 AM

Blogger Toru said...

Looks great! Thank you for sharing information.

4:44 AM


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