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02 AUGUST 2013

The Pillars of the Earth: hand-painted stop motion animation style

"We made this animation in BrosFx Studio. It is an opening to the TV series 'THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH', an adaptation of a book by Ken Follett. The series director is Sergio Mimica Gezzan, who cooperated, among others, with Steven Spielberg. Our goal was to create an animation which would render the colourful and vivid world of medieval England. The next step was to create a distinctive style that the audience would remember. After many tests, we opted for a hand painted stop motion, which suited perfectly the spectacle."

(Michał Socha)

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12th century2010 • Acme Filmworks • animation • BrosFX • castleChannel 4colourfuldistinctive visual stylehand-painted stop motion animationhand-painted style • illustration techniques • illustrative style • Ken Follett • medieval • medieval England • Michal Socha • mini-seriesmotion graphics • Muse Entertainment • period drama • Scott Free Production • Sergio Mimica-Gezzan • Steven Spielbergstop motion animationstop-frame animation • Tandem Communications • The Pillars of the Earth • title designtitle sequencetitle sequence designTVTV seriesvisual designvisual stylevivid imagery

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Simon Perkins
25 OCTOBER 2012

Te Wei's Feelings of Mountains and Waters

"Shan shui qing ('Feelings of Mountains and Waters') finished production in 1988. This water/ink animation was Te Wei's [特伟] fourth and final major production, and is in many ways fittingly so. 'Feelings of Mountains and Waters' is a masterpiece. The film runs slightly under twenty minutes, moving the viewer through an emotional journey cleanly articulated by deep and vivid imagery, wrought with incredible artistic purity.

The film's subject is a young girl, whom ferrying an aging man across a river, generously nurses him to better health after witnessing him collapse on the shoreline. In 'Feelings of Mountains and Waters,' Te Wei uses earthy watercolors and craggy puffs of ink to maneuver hillsides, paths, valleys, and waterfalls. He uses the high–values where the ink ends and the paper begins not as an artifact of the landscape, but as the landscape itself. The watercolor paintings move and flourish, the water and ink are the animation; and the rosy–cheeked girl, through muted conversation with the humble old man, learns to play a plucked, string instrument under the quiet and almost sentient backdrop of the mountainous milieu.

Te Wei served as general director for 'Feelings of Mountains and Waters,' and retired after its completion, at the time well into his seventies. The film deservedly earned multiple awards, including high honors from international film festivals in Montreal and Shanghai. In 1995, the global professional animation community ASIFA honored Te Wei with a Lifetime Achievement Award."

(Aaron H. Bynum, 12th February 2010, p.3, Animation Insider)

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19882D animation • aging man • ancient instrument • animationblack and whitecreative practicecultural heritage • earthy watercolours • emotional journey • Feelings of Mountains and Waters • female protagonistfish • folk narrative • folk story • folk tale • folkloregirlhand-drawninklandscapemark makingmonkeymonotonemusical instrumentmusiciannational cultural identities • national cultural identity • national heritageold manpaintingpaperPeoples Republic of Chinapioneering animatorriver • Shan shui qing • Shanghai Animation Studios • Shanghai Film Studios • Te Wei • traditional painting • traditional techniquesvisual designvivid imagerywater and inkwater/ink animationwatercolour painting • whistle • young girl • zheng (instrument)

CONTRIBUTOR

Guannan (cassie) Du
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