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Film: “Steven Spielberg – Animated Tribute” (2012)

 

An animated tribute to my hero, filmmaker Steven Spielberg. You’ve probably seen the films featured in this movie already, but if you haven’t, you really should.

Rotoscoped frame by frame on Adobe Flash CS5, composited and edited on Sony Vegas Pro 12. Backgrounds created on Adobe Photoshop CS5. Music by John Williams

This short film was featured in one of my pieces for the Far-Flungers section of RogerEbert.com, along with an article in which I explain my admiration for Spielberg and the reasons why I consider him my hero. Amazingly, Spielberg happened to see my short film there and hand-wrote me a letter in response. He ended his letter with these words: “I’ll be looking out at the horizon to see where next you will emerge– and impress.”

For more on this film and the letter, click here.

14 thoughts on “Film: “Steven Spielberg – Animated Tribute” (2012)”

  1. Hello sir….

    I really mean “sir”…. I respect the experience than the age…. Abt the documnt … Its amazing…. From the heart… No doubt ur his grt fan… Hahahaha….one piece of advice…. Dnt let this climb ur head…. U have lot to do …. I know what it feels now… Take deep breath… N u knw now what it is… Thanks man… Looking for u on the credits along grt men….

    Thanks

    Harish

  2. *honeslty*
    Up till now I’ve only been inspired by the already accomplished geniuses. For the first time I’m inspired by a genius in making. It is not everyday that a student is truly inspired by another student. Awesome work.

  3. Hey, love the way you seamless dissolved from one film to another. The animation and colours are crystal clear. My buddy, who is currently studying animation in Vadodara will freak out when I send him a link to your film. Am eager to watch the five minute short film you made. Am also jealous because you are nineteen and already a foreign correspondent on Ebert’s site! I have my own personal blog where I review all films, new and old, and another site I’m working for where I only review the current Bollywood films (just joined it). Have also written about an interactive session with a documentary director that was held in Vadodara. Will share your stuff on my blog.

    Here’s the link: http://sashankkini.wordpress.com/

    Film Louvre

    1. Your blog article, and comment, are too kind! Thank you.

      It appears you put a lot of work in your blog. I’ll read more of it when time permits–so far, your opinions are interesting, particularly on “Metropolis,” a film most 20 year old film fans who want to be taken seriously will force themselves to love, just because it’s a “landmark film” or a “masterpiece.” I’m yet to watch the film (I will, this weekend.) My point is, it’s nice that you can honestly express your opinions.

      And I’m glad you enjoyed the tribute! Also that you thoughts the transitions were seamless. That was the idea, thought it wasn’t so all along; I came up with it halfway through the animation process and bent things to fit the short film’s new form. Tricky stuff.

      Even so, I suspect your friend who is studying animation won’t be as impressed as you might think–I know serious animators, and I’ve seen what they do and how they do it. Animation is really, really hard work; rotoscoping, while also time consuming, is essentially a shortcut.

      1. Well, my friend did say ‘Awesomeness about Awesomeness’ so I guess he WAS impressed. He’s still a beginner in this field. Talented guy though.

        A girl I know who’s from Chennai and is involved in the field of animation, and had worked on one scene of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter movie (it seems the filmmakers had outsourced work to animators from TN), told me that animators in India can create models look exactly like those created by studios like Pixar and Dreamworks. However, unlike Hollywood where there are three or four stages before the work is finally approved, the models here do not have to pass through such stages in India. Therefore, the movements of the models end up looking jerky because the work of lower animators is approved as finished product. Is that really the case?

        And before you do check Metropolis out, I suggest you get your hands on Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. A wicked, brilliant film.

        1. I have no idea how the animation industry in India works. I’ve heard stuff like that though.

          What I do know is that the home-made animation in India is often terrible looking (even 2D), and too many of these filmmakers rely on Hindu mythology much too much for story material instead of coming up with original stories. I don’t know if it’s only technical shortcomings that hold back animation here. In my opinion, our creative processes need a little more work. I don’t think that budget limitations are a problem there.

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