A music video for the song Catgot by ISAN, this animation by director and animator Ho Tsz Wing has won animation film festival awards and enjoyed screenings around the globe. Watch as colors pop and bubble to the music, effects created with 2D hand-drawn images in Photoshop. From the Hong Kong-based director:
The idea of the animation is to present a fountain performance in an abstract way. Those strong beats in the song express the sound of raining, water dripping and bubble smashing. By this, the water droplets conduct diverse transformations in the animation such as explosion, rotation, distortion. In addition, the hand-drawn texture can enrich the vivid movement of the object as it is different in each brushstroke.
My inspirations also come from two artists who are Masanobu Hiraoka, a Japanese animator and Matt Abbiss, a British animator and comic artist. They give me ideas on the movement design, composition and scale of the elements and use of space in the scene, not just concentrate on the center of the screen.
“Catgot” is designed for entertainment. It may not include a significant message or story. The artwork highlights the beauty of the colors, composition and transformations of the objects in the scene. Through my abstract animation, I hope the viewers can enjoy a beautiful “fountain show” and arouse their interest in abstract animation.
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