Film Friday: Watch “Shave It” – a 3D Animated Short Film for Your Digital Media Inspiration

Check out this fresh animated short featuring an unruly monkey who never forgets his roots for your digital media inspiration. Blending 3D and 2D animation with a mix of saturated colors by Argentina-based digital media agency 3Dar, “Shave It” was directed by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso.

“Shave It” Animated Short

By digital media/animation studio, 3Dar (Imperial Beach, CA and Buenos Aires, Argentina)

SYNOPSIS
“In the wilderness of the forests where giant bulldozers are tearing apart the woods there is a monkey that accidentally finds a shaving machine and decides to use it. Spontaneously disguised as a human being, he moves out to the city and starts a career. After a stunning success in business, he understands the need of gaining political power. Not too long after, he becomes the president. Now he is ready to make a change.”

Stills from "Shave It" 3D animated short film by digital media studio 3Dar.

Stills from “Shave It” 3D animated short film by digital media studio 3Dar.

“For us, [the film is] an ironic reflection about how nature adapts to the human invasion,” state the Maldonado and Tereso who observed monkeys’ movement and behavior in zoos and the Amazonian jungle, along with actors, to bring the charming animated character to life.

For sound design, the duo found inspiration in the Lira, an Amazonian bird which imitates the sounds it hears in the environment “with such a lack of criticism or judgment” that it imitates the other birds singing.

“Regarding aesthetics, we wanted to choose the way of maximum expression possible, trying to get over the technique,” state the film makers. “In a free mix of 3D and 2D animation, saturated and live colors, we found a harmony that reflects the nature’s freedom.”

Also below, watch behind-the-scenes interviews with the digital media team about their inspiration behind the short film:

Behind the Scenes “Shave It”

By digital media/animation studio, 3Dar (Imperial Beach, CA and Buenos Aires, Argentina)

CREDITS
Written and directed by
JORGE TERESO
FERNNADO MALDONADO

Art Direction
MARINA MUÑOZ

Executive production
FEDERICO HELLER
GERMAN HELLER
JORGE TERESO

Graphic design and 2D animation
JULIAN DORADO

3D art
MARTIN BERISSO
JUAN PABLO LANZO
MARCO LOCOCO
SANTIAGO TERESO
FEDERICO CARLINI

Post-production
LUCAS SALVIETTI

Production Assistant
REGINA PORCHIETTI
NATALIA TORIANO

Sound Production
GERMAN HELLER

Music and Foley
JULIEN BEGAULT
CYRILLE MARCHESSEAU

Musical Research
EZEQUIEL BARROS

Animation Direction
FERNANDO MALDONADO

Animation
MARCO LOCOCO
PAULA RAMOS
JORGE TERESO

Rigging
VINCENT SOUZA
MARTIN BERISSO
NAHUEL BELICH

Illumination and Rendering
JORGE TERESO
FEDERICO CARLINI
SANTIAGO TERESO

Creative Support
FEDERICO HELLER
MARINA MUÑOZ
JULIAN DORADO

Questions/comments? Email the editor, Mani O’Brien at mo’brien@fidm.edu

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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