Marc Crastes haunting black-and-white toon about tragic love and a little trapeze artist with rabbit ears was the big winner at the 16th edition of the Cartoon Forum held in Kolding, Denmark on Saturday.
Out of 25 shorts selected from partner festival entries, jurors Karsten Kiilerich, Philippe Leclerc and Peter Lord awarded Crastes short, Jojo in the Stars, with the Cartoon DOr prize. The British animator, who also won a BAFTA for his short last year, received 15,000 euros to work on a new project. Gaelle Denis City Paradise, Peter Kaboths Falling, Jonas Geirnaerts Flatlife and Daniel Greaves Little Things were the four other heavyweights nominated in this category.
Craste told the BBCs Collective that he created Jojo in the Stars as a reaction to 15 years of making commercials. "I made three one-minute films for the [Studio AKA] websitelittle sketches with gratuitous violence in them. They then asked me to make a longer film using the same characters, but without any murders. And that took me back to the whole circus thing and doing a love story with freaks."
To build his beautiful black-and-white world, Craste used SoftimagelXSI and After Effects. He said 15 years ago, he would have made the same short in traditional animation, but the low coast of animation software enabled him to try the CG approach. Craste is amused by observers who believe he was influenced by German Expressionism and Fellinis La Strada. "I havent," he said. "It actually only goes as far back as the early 80s, to Eraserhead and Wings of Desire."
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