We invite you to take a few minutes of breathing. Take this little new time to look at this selection of animated films.
Designer : © 2014, Yino Huan (Allemagne – Germany) (1)
Designer : © 2010, Mark Laing
(Écosse – Scotland
Production : Rofralyn Trinidad Limited – Réalisation : © 2009, Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade (Trinidad & Tobago)(3)
We found it interesting to present these three videos side by side, as they correspond, in 3 different styles, to 3 different stages in the production of an animated film.
The animation created by No. 01 Yino Huan, a young artist from Germany, very well done is the result of a work of animation frame by frame in 12.5 frames per second. Quite simply, this pictographic soaring, dreamlike entitled « Caribbean Dream ». Indeed, the images meet the main ideas that you can hear when we talk about life in the tropical islands. The music is from the group named « Yet » , in which the graphic designer seems to be a member.
The second video is a rendered preview. This is a test animation of Mark Laing (young graphic designer from Scotland), from the legend of « Papa Bois » (View> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papa_Bois), a famous legendary character from St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. The artist indicates that in this film in 3D, he trained in creating textures with Photoshop and applying effects to use a « toon shaded » style, as he says himself.
Our third choice is a video storyboard of a cartoon series project calling itself « Crick Crack Ek Kahani Nawa » by Raymond Oyetayo Ojoade. Technically, this work is, in principle, to measure the « efficiency » of the scenes (on their lives and choices of shots), by viewing them from the first sketches, here, on a soundtrack.
But apart to share the didactic interest is in their presentation here, found on the net at the option of a night of « websurfing, » we felt that we had there as a demonstration of the main stereotypes that circulate about Caribbean and images that are backed by our cultures :
– Those with a « touristy » imaginary
– Those with a « fantastic » imaginary
Video # 1 shows the kind « idealizations » of the most widespread and shared around the world, we end up integrating ourselves into the image we have of ourselves about our geographical and cultural space and, like the many local musical artists who « clipped » willingly and increasingly using these codes, hoping to « break » in the large « cold » countries in search of heat(s).
The second is an animated illustration of a fairy. One could say that there attends more prone to discover and publicize a little-known or forgotten imaginary sensible approach.
And the final movie, the author, a synthesis of Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian legend. While transmitting a universe from the « traditional » environment for future generations, it attempts, for them, a creation by way of the communication tool they are used : the cartoon.
There are many achievements of animated films, in various styles and a variety of topics in the Caribbean region (for example, see > www.animaecaribe.com (Trinidad & Tobago), http://animationjamaica.com/ (Jamaica) and https://yeclik.wordpress.com/category/film-danimation). Independent countries of the Caribbean arc are far more productive in this area that the « Frenchified » ones. But we speak of « cliché » because we find a recurrence in the general topics addressed as well as in the way including in the French Caribbean.
Legend ot the exu deity (Brasil)
Battledream Chronicle (Martinique)
While in Brazil it has been years that local religious themes are addressed, in the last colonies of the Caribbean, like Martinica, existential or spiritual themes are beginning to be addressed.
Because we believe that there is more to say and show about ourselves, and we know more and more the impact of images in the development of consciousness, we wonder whether it would be interesting to search substantive as well as the form, including opening the field of experimentation and demonstration (in festivals, meetings, etc.).