Archive for the 'Production' Category

Birthday Bubbles

[vimeo clip_id=”92520012″ width=”800″ height=”450″]

BIRTHDAY BUBBLES
2014, PRODUCTION

The official opener of the PICTOPLASMA FESTIVAL 2014 (Anniversary Edition)
Conference and Festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art
April 30 – May 4, 2014

Director: Ori Toor
Music & Sound Design: David Kamp

White Noise

[vimeo clip_id=”62997246″ width=”800″ height=”450″]

WHITE NOISE
2013, PRODUCTION

The official opener of the PICTOPLASMA FESTIVAL 2013 (White Noise Edition)
Conference and Festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art
10 – 14 April, Berlin

Director: Dante Zaballa / podoboo.com.ar
Sound Design: David Kamp / davidkamp.de
Animation: Leo Campasso, Dante Zaballa
Character Design: Gabriel Fermanelli, Dante Zaballa

Dooms Day Parade

[vimeo clip_id=”39725439″ width=”800″ height=”398″]

PICTOPLASMA
DOOMS DAY PARADE

2012, PRODUCTION

The inevitable 2012 Pictoplasma theme, Doomsday, inspired us to ask Sehsucht to tell a story around a Macy’s Day parade full of twisted characters. Far from the gloom and doom which usually goes along end of day stories, their creatures invade a vacant city and make it their own.

Director: Mate Steinforth
Art Direction: Philipp Brömme, Christian Zschunke, Julius Brockelmann
Music & Sound Design: David Kamp

Immerse Yourself in Character

[vimeo clip_id=”21163910″ width=”800″ height=”450″]

IMMERSE YOURSELF
IN CHARACTER

2011, PRODUCTION

To celebrate the 2011 Festival with a worthy Opener, Pictoplasma produced a dreamy, immersive video featuring the event’s main hosts, “The Missing Link”…

Production / Direction: Pictoplasma
Director of Photography: Kalle Klein
Choreography: Jared Gradinger
Costume Design: Werkstattkollektiv
Music: Leyland Kirby

The Missing Link Show

[vimeo clip_id=”41177523″ width=”800″ height=”454″]

missing_show_01
missing_show_02
missing_show_03
missing_show_04
missing_show_05
missing_show_06

THE MISSING LINK SHOW
2011, PRODUCTION

In 2011 Pictoplasma conceived “The Missing Link Show”, combining live music concerts, video projections and dance performances to create an over-the-top pop opera following the visual narration of an archetypical mysterious creature – The Missing Link. The Show lays out the myth of an unknown tribe of a lonely species in the wilderness, and tells the story of their happy existence, their rise and fall, their exile and re-unification. The creatures have been designed by Pictoplasma as clan of costumes in reference to the Yeti or Big Foot, Abominable Snowman and Chupacabra legends – some of the last mysterious entities without a clear depiction in our culture of visual overdose and instant google-search gratification. 

While the live music acts function on their own as a pop concert, the parallel visuals and performances add a narrative layer, following the story of the lonely species. The show plays out the fantasy of how these characters fell from their happy homogenous existence as a functional hippiesque tribe to turn into a hunted species of lonely, desperate creatures and outsiders, and culminates in an alternative synthesis of their return to fulfill an immersive ritual that involves us humans.
The show premiered 2011 on the revolving stage of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, featuring Maximilian Hecker and Dan Deacon, and was re-staged in an adapted version at la Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, in collaboration with Jason Forrest.

But Along The Way There Is Danger

[vimeo clip_id=”10216724″ width=”800″ height=”450″]

BUT ALONG THE WAY
THERE IS DANGER

2010, PRODUCTION

After having seen Fons Schiedon’s wonderful paintings and experimental animation for his solo-exhibition “Before in place; Earlier in time” at the Character Walk 2009, he was commissioned to create the official opener and CI for the 2010 Pictoplasma Festival. The pitch was to reference the nouveau vague of 3D cinematography, while playing with the essential problem of flat, abstract character design being a strictly graphical, disembodied species. The resulting video can be viewed in classic 3D with red-cyan anaglyph glasses.

Production: Pictoplasma
Direction: Fons Schiedon
Sound Design: Bram Meindersma

When your Smiling

[vimeo clip_id=”3537939″ width=”800″ height=”450″]

WHEN YOUR SMILING
2009, PRODUCTION

In 2009 Pictoplasma commissioned upcoming talent and animation wunderkind David OReilly to create the Pictoplasma Festival’s official opener and CI. David OReilly’s animation is known for a dark sense of humour and psychological suspense. David has produced a wide variety of shorts (winning the ‘Golden Bear’ for best short film at the Berlinale 2009) in parallel to projects for feature movies or bands such as M.I.A. or U2.

Production: Pictoplasma
Direction: David OReilly
Music: Bob Gruen

Rorschach Test

[vimeo clip_id=”23119901″ width=”800″ height=”450″]

RORSCHACH TEST
2007, PRODUCTION

In 2007 Pictoplasma commissioned the freshly hatched Argentinean animation studio Peppermelon to work on the Festival’s official opener and CI. The pitch was to re-create a character-centric reference to the classical Rorschach inkblot test, in which a subject’s perception of the patterns is recorded and then analysed using psychological interpretation.

Production: Pictoplasma
Director: Tomás García
Animation/Compositing: Fernando Sarmiento
Design: Juan Molinet
Sound Design: David Kamp

Get Into Character

gic_01
gic_02
gic_03
gic_04
gic_05
gic_06

[vimeo clip_id=”41102976″ width=”800″ height=”450″]

GET INTO CHARACTER
2006, PRODUCTION
In 2006, dancers and performers under the direction of choreograph Jared Gradinger (Constanza Macras / Dorky Park, Berlin) explored our new life forms of the PictoOrphanage as individual character.
Freed from the binds of popular psychology storytelling and advertising, the characters developed their individual will, which they proudly demonstrated in a 60 minute piece on stage of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele 2006 Pictoplasma Conference, and in countless countless following guerrilla style interventions during their ongoing tour.
Nice detail: There show is followed by a character karaoke allowing all visitors to get into character themselves…

Directed by Jared Gradinger
Produced by Pictoplasma

Performed by Yeri Anarika Vargas Sanchez, Knut Berger, Diane Busuttil, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Lisa Densem, Jill Emerson, Nicola Mascia, Grayson Millwood, Hanayo Nakajima, Tenko Nakajima, Angela Schubot, Thomas Schutt, Laurie Young and Sampson Zaharkiv