L'inventaire Fantôme
April 16, 2007 9:46 AM   Subscribe

L'inventaire Fantôme - an excellent and creepy animated short film (official site). Liked it? You might also enjoy the charming L'Animateur, not least for its soundtrack. Both found via StopMoShorts.
posted by Wolfdog (11 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Awesome! It even takes some of the pain of the prior post away.
posted by caddis at 2:08 PM on April 16, 2007

Nice find. Reminiscent of Les Triplettes de Belleville, which must be seen.

Beguiling music, as well. At first I thought the music was Paolo Conti, but instead it is the previously unknown and hard to google Pierre Caillot.

Clearly we need more from these guys. Many thanks.
posted by IndigoJones at 5:14 PM on April 16, 2007

Truly, this is a wonderful piece of work, yet I can only imagine how much better it would have been for me if I had any clue as to what the hell anyone was saying.

(now where's my babelfish?)
posted by Parannoyed at 5:52 PM on April 16, 2007

Very nice. Thanks.

Je collectionne des souvenirs dont plus personne ne veut.
posted by Wolof at 9:10 PM on April 16, 2007

Very sweet.

You don't need to know French (or Spanish) to know that this is awesome.
posted by inconsequentialist at 9:26 PM on April 16, 2007

I really liked it.

It makes me wonder if it was done with stop motion, computer animation, or computer animation emulating stop motion style. I felt sorry for the dude when he saw a picture of his papa. It lent some humanity to the man. I also want a red coat like his.
posted by Mister Cheese at 10:40 PM on April 16, 2007

Love this.
posted by arse_hat at 10:43 PM on April 16, 2007

awesome. i'd give my left'n for a translation on this mofo...
posted by es_de_bah at 8:34 AM on April 17, 2007

Wonderful, Wolfdog, thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 9:22 AM on April 17, 2007

What a great video!

If I guess correctly, this was done with CG, but made to look like stop motion. Now that CG has developed to the point where the images are very good, but not quite good enough (landing squarely in the bottom of the Uncanny Valley), I wonder if we are in for a bit of CGI impressionism. In other words, after a few hundred years of renaissance inspired realism, impressionism emerged, using a distinctly unrealistic style to evoke mood and emotion rather than using realism to convey and image or depict an event.

Perhaps, like this video, CG have be used a bit more impressionistically to convey the mood or tone of the overall piece (like in this film). Specifically with genres like horror or fantasy, accuracy detracts from the psychological mood that is sought to be established. Is the fully rendered monster really more scary than an out of focus blur?

In addition, could we now use CGI to resurrect old painting styles by apply them to motion pictures? I'm thinking here of that movie "What Dreams May Come", which though awful in plot, and brilliant three-dimensional impressionistic landscapes. How about films in cubism, or in the style of iconography?
posted by Pastabagel at 12:26 PM on April 17, 2007

These comments say it's stop motion puppetry, with CG effects overlaid. I would be very happy to see the sort of thing you're describing, Pastabagel. One of my all-time favorites in the IRTC was this Hokusai experiment. Even if you can imagine the same thing being executed better, it was such a refreshing change from the usual standard of photorealism that I really wanted to see more like it. Can you imagine an movie animated in rendered-woodcut style?
posted by Wolfdog at 12:54 PM on April 17, 2007

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