Un petit coup de stylo pour Fred Astaire.
Synopsis et description
(d'après le catalogue d'Ars Electronica 1988)
The animation was realized on Silicon Graphics 3130 and 4D70 workstations, with AURORA paint system. Output was produced on 35 mm film with Matrix 6000 camera. The software is by TDI System.
The model was created on a profile network patch system and animated with Daniel Borenstein's original "sketch" programme that allows the construction of a pliable line that may be transformed and pivoted in space, as if one were pivoting a piece of shaped steel wire on the inside of a rubber person. This programme allowed for the construction of the pen, the tip and the ink, although the latter required some minor programme amendments. Frame set-up and movement and positioning of light sources: Explore. "Stylo" ; was awarded a Honorary Mention by the Prix Ars Electronica Jury.
The computer animation "Stylo" is a story paying its tributes to the legendary Fred Astaire and as such the result of a collaboration over the years by Paul Coudsi as animator and Daniel Borenstein as informaticien. The idea for "Stylo" came from Daniel Borenstein, who had already made an animated pencil before. For this film, a veritable fountain pen should be taught to dance. But the goal was not only the animation as such, what the producers tried to make was a real short film including a storyboard, scenario and a main "character" : The preparations from the idea to the begin of production took some nine months, wherein the main problems were financial funds raising and finding the necessary production facilities. Now, in September 1987 finally, George Pansu, the Managing Director of Eurocitel - where the necessary equipment was available - accepted the challenge. Thus the concept was presented to the CNC board and - after quite some debates - they agreed upon a grant of 250.000 Francs. The production is based on a fundamental research into the sources: Paul Coudsi analyzed a whole film featuring Fred Astaire frame by frame, in order to study the characteristic rhythmics, the dancing movements etc. and finally transfer them on the fountain pen to be animated. In January 1988 at last, the work at "Stylo" was donc. The film is a co-production of Eurocitel and TDI with the support of CNC (Centre National de la Cinematographie).
- Production: Eurocitel, Georges PANSU, 1988
- en coproduction avec TDI, Thomson Digital Image
- et avec la participation du Centre National de la cinématographie
- Animation: Paul Coudsi
- Directeur technique: Daniel Borenstein
- Design: Paul Coudsi
- Directeur de la photographie Alain Le Roy
- Montage Jacqueline Fouchet
- Son: Michel Notte, Francis Warnier
- Bruitage Jean-Pierre Lelong
- Reprise des images sur Matrix 6000 François Vagnon
- Musique Sylvain Kassap
- Consultant artistique: Alain Le Roy
- Atelier d'image de synthèse Eurocitel
- Logiciel d'animation et d'image de synthèse Explore de TDI Systèmes
- Matériel: SGI Iris 4D/70 et Matrix 6000
- Nous remercions Espace et Stratégie Communication, l'ensemble du personnel TDI, pour leur aimable participation
- Laboratoire GTC Joinville
- Auditorium SIS
- 1er prix animation 3D, Imagina 1988
- 1er prix animation 3D, Parigraph 1988
- Primé, Nikograph, 1988
- Honorary Mention, Computer Animation, Ars Electronica 1988
- Film and Video show, SIGGRAPH 1988
- Festival d'Annecy 1989, Courts métrages en compétition.