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City of Lights

The origins of the City of Lights began in 2007, at the Utrecht School of the Arts. We were commissioned by Inqubative to create content for projection screens in Rotterdam metro stations. This content should have a positive impact on travelers. With this idea, we began to design a visual style. To bring an positive emotion to the audience, we choose to make an atmospheric film about 'light'.

 

To visualize this, we have developed a style which only luminous objects are visible. The rest of the world will be black. Therefore naturally silhouettes from other objects will appear. 3D animation seemed the best way to visualize this and by keeping the film abstract, we could create a fully animated city. Moreover, this create more room for interpretation.

 

Research revealed that the city of Rotterdam wants to profile itself as a city of the future. Therefore, the film ends in the future. Eventually, the shots were edited with music of Sigur Rós. The result was a creative, experimental film.

 

The film was selected for the Dutch Film Festival in 2007, Annecy Animation Festival 2008, Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation 2008 Brest European Short Film Festival 2008 and the Holland Animation Film Festival 2008.

Behind the Scenes

Credits

Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht presents 'City of Lights'

Music Alexander Reumers Future Design Andrés G. Lázaro

Animation, Direction and Design by Teun van der Zalm & Daan Verbiest

Film Festivals & Awards

2008

 

Netherlands Film Festival

25 Sep – 3 Oct | Utrecht, Netherlands

 

Annecy International Animation Film Festival

9 Jun – 14 Jun | Annecy, France

 

HDFest

15 Sep – 5 Dec | United States

 

Internationales Trickfilm-Wochenende Wiesbaden

15 Oct – 19 Oct | Wiesbaden, Germany

 

12th Holland Animation Film Festival

5 Nov – 9 Nov | Utrecht, Netherlands

 

Brest European Short Film Festival

8 Nov – 16 Nov | Brest, France

2009

 

Némo: le rendez-vous multimédia d'arcadi

10 Apr – 20 Apr | France

 

Nederlands Film Festival

23 Sep – 1 Oct | Utrecht, Netherlands

 

1st Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival

8 Oct | Atlanta, United States

 

13th Holland Animation Film Festival

4 Nov – 8 Nov | Utrecht, Netherlands

 

19th Invideo: International Exhibition of Video Art and Cinema Beyond

11 Nov – 15 Nov | Milan, Italy

 

11th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films

3 Feb – 9 Feb | Mumbai, India

 

CosyMo’s Solar Cinema

28 May – 26 Jun | Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

TEARS / DE BREUKLIJN DVD

This symbolic-surrealistic short film has been inspired by the fact that nowadays parents separate more often and with less consideration. The film tells the story of a little boy who is suffering from the upcoming divorce of his parents.

 

DVD Region Free | PAL | stereo | 16:9 5:24 min

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