Russian Oscar Winning Cartoons

Cartoon “We can’t live without cosmos” by Russian Director Konstantin Bronzit is nominated for an Oscar in the category “Best animated short film”. The winners will be announced on February 28th. 15-minute picture tells the story of two friends, who since childhood dream to become astronauts and fly to the stars.

In this regard I would like to remind you the cartoon “The Old Man and the Sea” by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, who won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 2000.

“Старик и Море” is a 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. Work on film began in March 1997. It took Aleksandr and his son Dmitri 2,5 years to paint each of the 29,000+ frames by hand. The film’s technique, pastel oil paintings on glass, is mastered by only a handful of animators in the world. Petrov used his fingertips in addition to various paintbrushes to paint on different glass sheets positioned on multiple levels, each covered with slow-drying oil paints. After photographing each frame painted on the glass sheets, which was four times larger than the usual A4-sized canvas, he had to slightly modify the painting for the next frame and so on. For the shooting of the frames a special adapted motion-control camera system was built, probably the most precise computerized animation stand ever made. On this an IMAX camera was mounted, and a video-assist camera was then attached to the IMAX camera. This picture became the first ever animated film made shoot on 70 mm film and shown in IMAX (large format cinema).

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