Effects. Some post-processing was done, a stereoscopic camera rig set up, and it was sent to editing! There is an S3D version, let me know if you have a way to watch it and I'll bring it over!
Working at the NFB was incredible. Hothouse provides, just as the name implies, "optimal growing conditions". The experience is fast and intense, while incredible resources are constantly within reach.
It was exciting to be a part of a full, high quality, well established, professional production. I had an Associate Producer, a Producer, Executive Producer, Mentoring Director, Composer, Offline Editor, Online Editor, Sound Designer, Foley Artist, Sound Recorder, Sound Editing Intern, Technical Director, Technical Coordinator, and Administrative Staff. I met with and worked with them all regularly. I regularly ate lunch with Oscar-winning animators and played ping-pong at 2 in the morning.
I learned the power of deadlines, good planning, accountability, and having fun. This is where I internalized the John Cleese quote, "If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play".
The Film: https://www.nfb.ca/film/observer_en
"Smartphones cannot feel, smell or taste, yet they are not without their own senses. Using raw data from the low-level sensors of a cell phone, this film offers a unique point of view on the world as it might appear to our increasingly aware mobile devices."
I directed and built this abstract, short animation as part of Hothouse 9. Hothouse is "a 12-week paid apprenticeship in full-on, all-inclusive, real-world animation filmmaking". It took place in the English Animation Studio at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, QC. The theme for Hothouse 9 was "Reveal Thyself" and the parameter was "Abstract Impressionistic Storytelling". I submitted an application and was one of six chosen out of around 100 applicants.
The data for this film was collected from the low-level sensors of my own cell phone using an application called FUNF. For example, the general glow coming from the centre of the screen is based on the sped-up data from the ambient light sensor of my phone while it was sitting on the window sill all night, until late morning. So, you could say, that might be what a sunrise looks like for my phone. The other data come from the gravity sensor (pre-calculated acceleration), gyroscope, magnetometer, and barometric pressure sensor. The x-ray is real. The sensor locations at the end are accurate.
The data were visualized in Processing, then exported in several z-axis slices to After