Category Archives: Video

Lucky Four in the Service of the King

At the end of January 2013 in Czech Republic there will be the premiere of the film Lucky Four in the Service of the King. These four characters, born in the late 60’s as comic strip heroes (created by Jaroslav Nemecek), are old childhood buddies of almost every Czech and have been also my companions for the last year or so. This time the lucky four friends help King Rudolf II solve the big troubles he got into because of his quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone. I’m very happy that I was part of the team that animated this feature, in a country which sneaked into my heart five years ago. The love story continues.

Show time

So…I put together a showreel, compiling some of the work that I did so far. I can’t help thinking that this is always going to be “my first showreel” and in some years I will watch this humble beginning with tears in my eyes…but maybe, having lost the pleasure of seeing sadistic things, it would be because of the poor bug. Meanwhile…HAHAHA!

Last Minute Offer

Bad day at work

I liked this “auto theft suspect” story, so I continued working on the animation of the main character in order to improve my skills. I post this now, not because it’s finished (I came to terms with the feeling that this might not happen). It’s more because I’m in that point where I can’t press play to hear this soundtrack again. But you can do it for a change! 🙂

Nasty twins on duty

This is my submission for last month’s competition on 11secondclub.com. I started to work on this dialogue a bit late. This is what I did last week.

The design and the rig is done by Victor Vinyals (luvictu.com)

Enjoy!

Dr. Fraud

Who cleans after us?

This is a short film that I did for my final exam for the Visual Anthropology course. Sanda has been working as a cleaning lady in my block for the last three years. Even if I saw her almost every morning when I walked my dog, the conversion never went further than a polite “Good morning”. It is only recently that I asked her if I could film her at work. So I found out her story. She lived in the countryside, she had five children one after another, she didn’t have any professional qualification, so she began her career when she was 50 years old, after her husband died, her children left and she found herself home alone. This job is common for the women in her neighborhood and for those in a similar situation to hers. At her workplace she mostly interacts with the president of the block committee, who is her direct boss, and with the men who come to take the garbage away.

Speaking of these men, one thing that struck me was their attitude when I tried to film them. They thought they are not people good to be filmed, that they are not doing something worthy to be shown. After a while I saw a news report on why the Danish are the happiest people on Earth. There was one Danish expert who argued that they are not people to experience orgasmic happiness (which also implies the existence of morbid unhappiness), but they live their lives in a state of satisfaction that doesn’t fluctuate too much. And I must agree with this: people are not burning with passion there. Another sociologist said that it is because they believe that no one is better than the other, so one is not convinced that he has to be a lawyer or a doctor to succeed in life. In fact, I think this goes hand in hand with another expert’s opinion who said that Danish people don’t have high expectations (understood as having a big house, a monstrous car, perfect children, an aseptic dog and a forever ascending career?), so the deception of not getting there is not that sorrow.

In fact, in the TV report below is given this example: a garbage man (that has free time for his hobbies- what a luxury!) who is expected in the morning by a lady with a cup of coffee and biscuits as if he were Santa Claus in flesh and bones. Well…it is highly probable that in Romania (but not only here, to be honest) Santa would receive a loud “You, jerk!” if the present wasn’t big enough or if he was late (like the garbage men are greeted in the film I made). Compare and contrast.