Friday, October 1, 2010

For cephalopod fans: Oktapodi

Can a character with nothing more than a pair of bulging eyes, a bulbus head, and tentacles be appealing and display a full range of emotions? Watch the video below and judge for yourself!

"Oktapodi" is a graduation film created by six third year students from the Gobelins L'ecole de l'image in 2007. The film took six months to create and involved an intercontinental collaboration between the Gobelins team and Kenny Wood, a graduate of the UCLA department of music. Wood wrote and recorded the original score with violin performed by Dorthy Kwon.

The choice of two octopuses as protagonist characters was based not only on the comical situations which they lend themselves to, but also the unique challenges that they pose both from a technical and character animation standpoint.

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