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The Art of the Peacock and the Crane

The Art of the Peacock and the Crane

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Published by Alex Zepherin

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Published by: Alex Zepherin on Jan 17, 2013
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The Peacock and the Crane is an Aesop
tale of two very differentbirds encounter of each other, and the reveal of the opposing abilitiesthey both hold. My animation comprises of two characters being insidea empty yet bold environment to where they have no choice but tointeract with one another. This is a character driven story with andabstract twist that communicates the emotions of the birds visually.This piece was created to a particular type of music that ultimatelydrove the art style, character design and shot composition.This project was 13 weeks of learning, acquiring new skills, improvingold ones and being a more experienced more capable designer andanimator . What I mostly enjoyed about this project was the growingof ideas and how the animation naturally shaped itself to be everythingMy audience is mainly universal, I wanted this animation to be viewedby all ages as Aesop
tales can transcend generations at a time.
I came across
anAmerican producer some timeearlier this year through asuggestion from a very good
friend. After listening to ”Theaudition” a track that sampledblues singer Billie Holiday’s “I’llbe seeing you” made in 1944,
and recreated with ancontemporary hip hop esquebeat, it instantly felt nostalgic yetfamiliar. It is a sound thatbreaths the pain and heart acheof Holidays voice and brings itinto context of today world viathe composition of variousrhythms working together.I thought this type of sound wouldbe amazing to with for ananimation, as there is muchbackground context to American
culture, 1930’s cinema, powerful
links to the film noir genre as hispast music is prominently is afusion of dialogue from noir films of 
the 1920’s to 60’s sampled
ontop of a modernized rhythm.After contacted him aboutpermission to use his music with aparticular song in mind, we agreedfor me to create a visual to
“Pinstripes” now called “ A Nice,Peaceful Scene”. At the time it was
an incomplete beat I but fell in love.There was something magically andgraceful yet dark at the same time.It was the perfect sound

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