Sunday, March 24, 2013


I decided to take a bit of a sneaky break from the long slog of animating the Black Sunrise feature and do a really short film just to flex my creative muscles a little bit.  And this is the result:

Perihelion is a sort of animated tone poem- there's no real story here - more of an impression of a story.  I've had the idea of doing a film without a beginning, middle or end for quite a while and so I decided to use this opportunity to try out the concept.  The idea being that you could start watching it at any point and it would (hopefully) have the same impact.

Visually, I was heavily inspired by the work of a number of German painters from the early 20th century. Notably: Otto Dix, Richard Oelze, Ingrid Griebel-Zietlow, Rudolf Schlichter and Max Ernst, as well as Francisco Goya.  This is sort of a tribute to the work of these artists living in a time of Fascism and impending war, which really informed their work in a distinctive way.

Here's some of the backgrounds:

For those of you that are interested in this sort of thing, Perihelion was the first film I've made exclusively using Toonboom Animate for the animation.  As I've stated before, it is a great program and despite having a few flaws, it is greatly superior to Flash-especially when it comes to the drawing tools.  I tried out TV Paint after getting many suggestions in the comments, but I found I didn't like it as much-just personal preference I guess.  I've been using Flash for so long and Toonboom makes a bit of an effort to be close enough to that program to make the transition fairly painless.

Well, now I've gotten this film off of my chest, it's back to working on Black Sunrise for me!


Ohjeepers said...

Amazing. You are consistently making the the most interesting and re-watchable work around.


Hobo Divine said...

I love your work Nick!
(me drooling)

Anthony VIVIEN said...

wow, awesome style. Dark story

Phil Willis said...

Four words: Phe nom en al

Or all together: Phenomenal

Thanks for sharing

isaiah bernal said...

love the art work. im a musician and producer and your art sounds like my music. feel free to use any of it if you think its good enough.
not a bot, just a big fan.

Anders VB said...

I loved the cartoon version of saturn devouring his son!
How long did it take fr you to make the film?

ncross said...

Thanks everybody!

@Anders VB: It took me about a month or so to make.

Curious Art said...

How did I miss this? Brilliant. The holy-waterboarding was especially intense.

Ethan Meleen said...

I wonder what your dreams are like...

Unknown said...

Hey love this! What's the voice-over I hear in the background? Sounds epic.