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Arena Orbit Live’15: Takeaways from Session on Oscar Winning Short ‘Mr Hublot’

Luxembourg based Zeilt productions 11’48” minute Oscar winning animated short ‘Mr Hublot’, written and directed by Laurent Witz ,was screened at Arena Orbit Live 2015 followed by its making presented by Thierry Dezarmenien, one of the animator of this short.

The Synopsis by Zeilt production explains this short by saying, “Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters made partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each other, a world, where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme. A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr. Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn’t step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion…”

Festivalslive.com was in attendance at this much creatively impactful session by Thierry and we bring to you some key takeaways from it, which can contribute to build a successful animated short as well as the making in pics!

                                                        TEAM SPIRIT

While Thierry was working on this short from Paris, Animation Supervisor Mickael Coedel was executing his creative duties from San Francisco.

Though spread in different places, the team kept the passion for their work going by staying connected through online communication mediums.

Takeaway: Passionate Team followed by right technologies is a great mix!

                                       STORYBOARDING AND CHARACTER DESIGNING

Thierry pointed out the power of complex, detailed Storyboarding and Character Designing for bringing up your animated short as it gives one a clearer picture of how the movie will look like in Production.

Takeaway: You need to get your history right to create your future!

                                            BLEND OF DRAWING AND SOFTWARE

Mr Hublot was executed using the medium of 3D animation, with the use of Autodesk Maya and Nuke for Compositing. In Thierry’s view, software are only tools, but you need to have your drawings ready for understanding the flow of your story, characters and then move on to the software to execute it.

Takeaway: It’s all about how intelligently you plan to use your software!

                                                 COLOR RESEARCH

He pointed out that, Color research is a very important part of creating a world because it would give the mood and feel to every single frame and each second will have a different experience post its lighting.

Takeaway: Right Color Treatment=Right Message of the Story Conveyed to the Audience!

                                      LIGHTING BRINGS LIFE TO YOUR SHORT

You should enjoy the lighting process as every single moment of your story comes to life through this module.

Takeaway: A strong need of lighting study is required!

                           DON’T SHY AWAY FROM ACTING FOR ANIMATION

He shared that every animator should first get their Acting for Animation done.

Takeaway: Live acting and Animation are two sides of the same coin!

                                               SHORT STATISTICS

1 year to Finance the short, 1 year for pre-production, 2 years for 3D Production, 30 Technicians/ Artists, One animator created 1 second per day on Mr Hublot

Takeaway: Take ample of time to create something that creates history!

Writer: Zeenia Boatwala

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