Ascension

Year: 2013

Director: Martin de Coudenhove e.a.

Playing time: 7 minutes

This brilliant animation is quite simply a must-see. It has won various awards for best film, animation and music. If there were a prize for black humour, it would have that one on the shelf, too. And all this for a short story about two climbers who, at the start of the 20th century, carry a statue of the Virgin Mary to the top of a mountain…

This brilliant animation is quite simply a must-see. It has won various awards for best film, animation and music. If there were a prize for black humour, it would have that one on the shelf, too. And all this for a short story about two climbers who, at the start of the 20th century, carry a statue of the Virgin Mary to the top of a mountain.

‘A seven-minute, stylized, super-realistic computer animation of a series of fantastic jokes’, wrote Dan Sarto of Animation World Network. ‘It is a lesson in comic timing, patient storytelling and technical skill in the service of a good idea.’ Impressive, considering that it is a graduation project. The five makers of this film know each other from Supinfocom in Arles (France), where they studied digital directing. Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry and Florian Vecchione spent 19,000 hours working on this animation; 20 computers ran for 2 months to generate the images. The music was composed by Seth Steward. ‘We viewed a huge number of mountain photos to find the perfect range of colours for each step of the ascent’, revealed Thomas. And these mountains are breathtakingly beautiful.