Jan 27, 2014

Juste De L'eau (Nothing Else But Water)

Juste De L'eau  is a charming short about a pigs struggle with finding his place in a society that seems to act like he's  not there. The art direction in this short is absolutely stunning, resembling a mix between a children's book and an MC Escher piece, heavily distorted, angular and wonderfully lit throughout. I have no idea how director Carlos De Carvalho pulled this off, but it's one of the prettiest 3D animated shorts I've seen in years. It's one of those rare shorts where every single shot looks like it was crafted with great love and care. Check out the making of after the break.

The story takes place in Lisbon at the time of the great maritime discoveries. Explorers, looking like pigs, arrive in the harbour after a long voyage across the oceans. Everywhere in the city small groups gather and congratulate each other. Couples meet again after a long separation and hug one another. They organize spontaneous round dances and celebrate their return. Meanwhile, a young pig has the strange feeling of being completely isolated from the others in his own native city...

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