Posts tagged 'French'

Wanted Melody

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NSFW Disclaimer: If you couldn’t already tell from the tease plate above, this video is a veritable bag-o-animated-dicks so you probably shouldn’t watch this at work.

There’s something inexplicably wonderful about professionally executing such a ridiculous premise. Paul Jaulmes, Guillamume Cunis and Boris Croisé made the attached while at Supinfocom Arles and would like it to be the first in a – ahem – longer series so, if you want to see more phallus-centric adventures, head over to their aptly named ‘The Willies’ Indie-Go-Go site and donate some euros.


P.S. Hit up our Supinfocom feed for more rad student-created animated shorts.

[ Wanted Melody ]


This short by Gobelins students Théo Guignard, Nöé Lecombre and Hugo Moreno reminds me of three distinct ‘flavors’: Stanley Kubrick‘s trademark sterile, ominous atmospheric direction, Bruce Timm‘s tight, economical illustrative style and Vangelis’ thick, synth-heavy ambient soundtracks. It strikes a just-right balance between hand-drawn 2D animation’s warmth and character and the immersion-heightening ability of subtly-executed 3D. It’s very nice; don’t hesitate to dive in.

If you’re diggin’ this one, I suggest you watch Countdown next.

P.S. Hugo posted a behind-the-scenes look at how ECLIPSE came together; if you’re into process it’s can’t miss.

P.P.S. Our Gobelins feed is filled to the brim with fantastic short films that are all worthy of your attention. Enjoy!

[ ECLIPSE via mcbess ]

Childhood of a Circle

“Archibald lived in harmony with the surrounding world. Sometimes, after lunch, he would stroll along with a herd of mushrooms…”

I have a distinct memory of watching The Red Balloon in kindergarten. My overall recollection of the event is warped and faded but certain moments are forever burned into my mind. Strangely enough, all of them have nothing to do with the film itself: watching the reel-to-reel projector as it was wheeled in, perched heavily atop a sturdy steel cart with squeaking castors, its bottom shelf empty save for a large metal disc of tightly wound 8mm; the flurry of satisfying clicks and snaps each part on the projector made as my teacher deftly manipulated them into place; the lazy way the bulb brightened and the gentle warmth it radiated, the steady hum of the cooling fan and the slotted shadows its vents cast on the ceiling.

I’ve found that the electricity of a memory varies greatly depending on how old you are and grade school, for me at least, was a time when any new experience would surge through my brain like alternating current.

I felt so calm; so fine-with-everything as it played. It was nice; I wanted to stay there forever. The attached film, by French graphic designer/filmmaker/musician Kadavre Exquis, evoked a similar reaction; the richly textured, meandering landscapes and simple innocence of the characters made me want to melt through the screen for an aimless stroll. It’s warm and peaceful and colorful and chill and, well, lots of things really. The story is nice but it’s over too soon; I watched it four times in quick succession in a failed attempt to prolong the experience. That being said, I was happy to discover that there’s an original soundtrack to Childhood of a Circle that is orders of magnitude longer. You can listen to the entire thing gratis on Kadavre’s website or get the bits to go for a very-reasonable ten bucks.

There’s lots of strange, enigmatic intangibles in his work that I’m drawn to and it’s been fun taking time to tumble down the rabbit hole in an attempt to unravel them. Needless to say, I’m excited to see what Monsieur Exquis will make next.

Oh yeah: full-screen and headphones for this one, y’all. Enjoy!

[ Childhood of a Circle ]


Oh shit, son!

OK, first off: NSFW WARNING! Boobies ahoy! And secondly: NEW JUSTICE!

The ON’N'ON EP is set to drop at the end of the month (pre-order here) and the fine purveyors of dope at Ed Banger Records were cool enough to fund this fantastic music video to promote the release. It’s directed by the super-talented Alex Courtes whom, you might recall, was one-half of Alex & Martin, the duo that won the best Short Form Music Video Grammy in 2005 for their fine work on Vertigo. Though they’ve since parted ways, I am happy to report that it hasn’t negatively affected Alex’s instinctual knack for creating radness. Oh, and DIVISION was hired to assist on production and they brought the same A-game talent that made No Brain shine.

I’m rather partial to journeys down the wormhole and this one is a non-stop-center-zoom ride from start-to-finish. It’s gorgeous; the perfect accompaniment to your Friday night sesh. Strap-in, crank the volume and get them HD bits loading full-screen, dawg. Enjoy!

A huge, massive thanks to Brent Burtoft for sending this one our way. We are in your debt, sir – cheers!

Related Radness: In addition to the aforementioned No Brain be sure to check out Civilization, also by Justice, and Baby I’m Yours, a deliciously catchy tune with some candy-colorful-bright watercolor visuals. Enjoy your weekend!

[ Justice - ON'N'ON ]

The Lighthouse Keeper

Another fantastic, oozing-with-style animated short from the talented students at Gobelins. This particular gem – by David François, Rony Hotin, Jérémie Moreau, Baptiste Rogron, Gaëlle Thierry and Maïlys Vallade with music from Romain Gauthier – about a lighthouse keeper who is unexpectedly awoken in the middle of the night was created in 2009 and won the ‘Best Graduation Film’ in 2010 at Annecy. Watch and see why. Enjoy!

[ Le phare ]

Dan Dan

Whoa. The needles on our patent-pending Dope Meters™ were pinned deep in the red for the entire duration of this fantastic music video for Misteur Valaire as directed/created by Corentin Bachelet, Gilles Cortella, Augustin Clermont, Adrien Jalade and Juliette Grandjonc, a.k.a. Paf Paf, a group of independent French CGI designers. Full screen and headphones, dawg; this one deserves your undivided attention.

Wait, it gets better: Misteur Valaire’s complete discography is available for whatever you feel like paying. So, you know, grab some spare change out of the cushions of your couch and pick up some great ‘choons. Enjoy!

[ MV (Misteur Valaire) - DAN DAN (Création collective) ]


Micaël Reynaud, a webdesigner, animator, illustrator, photographer from Montpellier, created this animation with portraits from Michael Jang‘s Summer Weather series. The way the images blend, morph, evolve and interact with each other is deliriously hypnotic which, when combined the spacey, ambient synths of Memory Tapes, amplifies the vibe considerably. It’s gorgeous, trippy business friends so do yourself a favor and watch this in full-screen 1080p with a nice pair of headphones on. Enjoy!

Previously on The Tripatorium™: Yes I Know by Memory Tapes

[ amalgamation ]

Machu Picchu Post

Clement Crocq, Margaux Duran-Rival and Nicolas Novali – three former students of Supinfocom Arles – cooked up this little gem as their final graduation project. Do yourself a favor: ensure 1080p is selected and wait patiently until a generous amount of bits load into your random access memory before clicking play; it’d be a shame to get interrupted once shit starts trippin’ balls. I’ll leave it to that…don’t want to spoil the surprise. Enjoy!

Click here to see other fantastic animated shorts by Supinfocom students previously posted on The Tripatorium™.

[ Machu Picchu Post ]

Do I have power?

“In a movement of a thousand helping hands,
I am not beyond the saccharine of sycophantic rants.
In a moment of a wilderness exposed,
Is this lack of wisdom better than a charismatic soul?”

Lovin’ this ominous, spooky and monochromatic music video for Timber Timbre as directed by Carlos De Carvalho with animation from Pierric Danjou, Thomas Lecourt and Charles Lemor. Happy Halloween, y’all!

[ Do I Have Power - Timber timbre (2011) ]


It took two years for Celine Desrumaux to complete this short film – the care and patience invested shines through – and she cites Chris Ware, Hans Richter, Len Lye, Stanley Kubrick, Godfrey Reggio and this iconic speech by John F. Kennedy as her primary sources of inspiration. The visuals are amplified considerably by the haunting, urgent sounds of Apparat, a musician whose tunes I highly recommend you start acquiring. Especially his entry in the DJKicks series and Orchestra of Bubbles, a timeless and transporting collaboration with Ellen Allien.

Celine’s visuals do an excellent job of teasing out the inherent warmth of Granulard Bastard, highlighting the seemingly contradictory tension of how technology, often times cold and distant, can be a tool for achieving something as natural/instinctual like the humanity’s need to explore. It’s fantastic.

If you’re diggin’ the Apparat then don’t miss Warm Signal which we posted back in January.

[ Countdown - HD ]


Jérémie Périn, best known for his brilliant work on 16-bit sexcapade Truckers Delight, is back with a new music video for DyE‘s latest release on Tigersushi. It’s a potent, high-definition dose of the bizarre and a perfect apéritif to calibrate your palette for All Hallows’ Eve. I’m not going to divulge any details for where this ends up (it’d be a crime to spoil the surprise) but I should mention that it’s a bit NSFW so wait to click play until you’re off-the-clock. Enjoy!

A big thanks is due to Choplogik for sending this one our way. Cheers!

[ DYE "Fantasy" Official Video by JEREMIE PERIN ]

Salesman Pete

Three students from French graphics/animation school SupinfocomMarc Bouyer, Max Loubaresse and Anthony Vivien – put together this fantastic, bizarre and gorgeously animated short about Pete, “the greatest salesman of all of Pickle City and beyond”. It’s deliciously weird and loads of fun – in fact, it reminds me of one of my all-time favorites, Freakazoid!. I’d love to see this get developed into a TV show or feature length movie. Enjoy!

[ Salesman Pete & The Amazing Stone from Outerspace! ]


“The authorities have always feared the animal buried deep down within us so they kept everyone from getting wind of this truth. People, who like me had found a ways to awaken these buried instincts, were driven away…”

Six third-year students – De François Barreau, Marion Delannoy, Claire Fauvel, Rachid Guendouze, Vincent Nghiem and Benoit Tranchet – at the esteemed French film school Gobelins created this fantastic animated short that reminds me (in all the best ways) of Mr. Hayao Miyazaki’s work. I’m confident you’ll enjoy it.

[ Fur ]


The creation of The Tripatorium™ was inspired by three videos in particular, sorted here in ascending importance: Kill Your Co-Workers, The Music Scene and The Parachute Ending. Those aforementioned music videos are the exact sort of thing I like to watch most: more than TV; more than movies; more than even Adventure Time and Regular Show (it’s true). They’re bundles of electrons that, when translated into patterns of rapidly flashing combinations of red, green and blue light, seem to massage every synapse within the entertainment processing neighborhood of my brain. My hope was that, if I shared them, I might find other people who felt the same way.

It turns out I have!

One of those people, Mark I., just wrote in with Birdy Nam Nam‘s latest video that, like it’s predecessor (the aforementioned The Parachute Ending) is packed with artwork from the talented Mr. Will Sweeney. However it was Machine Molle (and not Steve Scott) that provided direction this time around who, you might recall, was the production unit behind the excellent Sur Le Quai. It’s gorgeous, bizarre, trippy business friends. I hope it serves to improve your Saturday night. Cheers!

Thanks for the heads-up, Mark!

[ BIRDY NAM NAM - 'GOIN'IN' - Clip officiel ]

First Of The Year

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Skrillex‘s latest is directed by Tony Truand with production assistance from HK Corp. A ‘cheers!’ is owed Ethan Curtis for the heads up on this one – thanks for writing in!

[ First Of The Year (Equinox) - Skrillex [OFFICIAL] ]


Five students from Supinfocom ArlesPaul Alexandre, Maxime Cazaux, Dara Cazamea, Romain Delaunay and Bruno Ortolland – expertly crafted this surreal, bizarre and most-definitely trippy animated short for their final graduation project. As a life-long fan of monster movies I whole-heartedly approve. Enjoy!

A big thanks goes to Ted Mentele for submitting this all-the-way back in May. Our apologies for not getting it on the site sooner; it was inexplicably buried deep within our inbox and, like a treasure long buried, became a most-welcome surprise when we unearthed it this morning. Cheers!

[ Hambuster ]

Sur Le Quai

Colorful high definition animation set to some french electro pop that takes the viewer on a bizarre fantastic voyage through a forest to a flying train, the inner wormhole visions of the mind and beyond. In other words: an instant classic of The Tripatorium™. Direction from Sanghon Kim, production by Machine Molle (of Cartoon Style Fighting Kids fame) with backing tunes courtesy Les Mains Ensorcelées.

The proper viewing ritual should be familiar by now: full screen, in HD with a nice pair of headphones strapped to your skull. Enjoy!

[ [clip] Les Mains Ensorcelées (The Bewitched Hands) - Sur Le Quai ]

High Hopes

Absolutely loving this abstract, monochromatic, slow motion, abstract and positively gooey music video that Romain Glé and Thomas Séon turned out for Team Ghost. We love how the visuals slowly evolve in complexity right along with the steady progressing intensity of the tune. Our only gripe? Don’t worry, it’s a small one: no HD. This kind of stuff begs to be seen big and sharp with the volume cranked.

[ Team Ghost - High Hopes ]

Oh gee Oh why

”...or how to mastermind a nonsensical parade following a cock-a-hoop bestiary into the doors of infinity.”

Five second-year students at French school-of-awesome, Gobelins – Hanne Galvez, Yoann Hervo, Juliette Laurent, Stephanie Mercier and Pierre Zenzuis – put together this fantastic, trippy, bizarre and wonderful animated short that was exhibited as one of the many opening films that kicked off this year’s Annecy, the legendary international animation film festival. If this is what they’re making now during their second year, imagine what their graduation films will be like. Enjoy!

P.S. If you’re into process, be sure to check out this great Röyksopp-backed ‘making of’ video that Juliette put together.

[ Oh gee Oh why ]