Thursday, December 29, 2011

Short Film: Muzorama (France, 2008)

The horror hidden in the mundanity of suburban France, where women are romanced and men lose more than just their heads. This candy-colored 3D animation short is loosely based on the illustrations of the French graphic artist Muzo (aka Jean-Philippe Masson), the examples of which seen here are from publications from the end of the last century (left: Des Gens by Placid & Muzo [Paris, France, 1984]; and right: Chacal Puant #8, edited by Blanquet, with Placid, Y5/P5, Muzo, El Rotringo, H. Valium, Julie Doucet et al. [Conflans, France, 1994]).On the web, information about the artist is scant (in English, at least). The man, pictured below, was born in Rennes, France, in 1960. While at art school in Caen, he used the pseudonym Muzo for a fanzine he published with his friend Placid and the name stuck. Since then, he published work in numerous magazines, including the legendary comic art publication RAW. Aside from his illustration work, he is active as a painter and engraver and as the writer/illustrator of children's books.
Muzorama, directed by Elsa Brehin, Raphaël Calamote, Mauro Carraro, Maxime Cazaux, Emilien Davaud, Laurent Monneron and Axel Tillement and written by Emilien Davaud and Raphäel Calamote took six weeks to produce using Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects.Since its initial release, Muzorama has gained extraordinary popularity on the web and has been seen at numerous short film festivals – but we just discovered it the other week and were so blown away by its excellent craftsmanship and total surrealistic scurrility that we just had to make it the Short Film of the Month for December 2011. Enjoy.

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