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Still I RiseAn impressionistic view of the Elephant Man
It’s a sign of how far we have come that artists today can find acceptance with many styles. But ironically, strict realism in the art world now is considered gauche … except in animation. While animation is a diverse art, with many talented stylists, much of the focus is on advancements in realism.
This is partly because photorealistic animation is so technically difficult to produce. A great deal of the R&D is devoted to producing more realistic textures, and more accurate human facial gestures and movements. It’s a necessary and important phase in the development of animation tools, one that will continue until someday real and virtual images may be truly indistinguishable.
But that’s why it is refreshing to encounter an animator such as Umesh Shukla, who thinks more like an artist than a technician. Not that he’s against technology...
“As we know, computers have been used in the feature animation industry for a long time,” he says. “The point is, they are either used to help simplify the process used in creating traditional animation imagery without actually changing the look, or they have been used to create 3D worlds like Toy Story and Antz. I have been trying to explore a different use of computers to create the kind of imagery we have not yet seen in various animated worlds. I am sure that with the new technology at hand, we could create worlds which go to ‘infinity and beyond.’ “
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”The thought that these two unique individuals lived at the same time and embraced their own deaths became the basis of inspiration for the film. The film depicts Joseph's last dream, as he breathes his last, and is visualized as an impressionist canvas,” says Shukla.
A supervisor with DreamWorks Feature animation, Shukla was also a CG Supervisor working on the first Disney 3D movie, Wildlife, and a CG Supervisor on Titanic. We talked with him recently after he completed the film and was looking forward to theatrical screenings at the Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles starting October 2.
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