(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).
The animation "Stylo" won the first prize in 3-D-animation at Imagina 88 and at the Parigraph 88.