The Electronic Theatre
by Jessica Fernandes
July 26, 2002
Electronic Theatre (ET), the highlight of the Computer Animation
Festival, showcases the brightest and most innovative 3D animation
and advancements. This year was no different in terms of quality
of work shown. However, in contrast to last year's ET, I could not
help but notice a darker side to the content of many of the pieces
presented. Perhaps this is a reflection of the concerns of the people
working in the industry, or maybe it is simply a growing interest
in dark animation similar to certain computer games. In either case,
it was somewhat disconcerting to revel at the graphics and technical
quality of the works shown, while being disturbed by the connotations
of the imagery.
In contrast to the general tone of the ET, “Polygon Family:
Episode 2”, by Polygon Pictures Inc., combined humor, exaggerated
clichés and classic game fighting scenes, to create a light-hearted crowd
favorite. Among my personal favorites were “Sarah”,
a cartoon stylized animation, “Gorillaz at the Brit Awards”,
an interesting use of computer animation on a large scale (providing
extra members to a live band's performance) and “Super Furry Animals
`It's Not the End of the World'”, a constantly shifting space,
shifting pace musical piece.
As always, the presentation also had its share of big studio productions.
The talents of Blue Sky Studios, Digital Domain, ILM and Weta Ltd.,
to name a few, made their presence felt. Their works, alongside
those of independent artists, students, technical presentations
and other commercial productions made for an extremely interesting
and awe-inspiring evening. Two hours after sitting in silent admiration, you walked
away knowing that anything, from a tide of horses to an abducted
snowman could tangibly exist. The separation between reality and
fantasy vanishes by the minute.