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The Lynx Goddess and the Scorpion-Bird and the Crocodile waiting in the Setting Stars

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S. Gentil-Perret has created an intriguing stop-motion style movie in Blender. It's a giant production for one person and it has taken him several years to complete. Enjoy!

The Lynx Goddess and the Scorpion-Bird and the Crocodile waiting in the Setting Stars is a little animated movie I've put together over the last few years. I'm pleased with how it turned out and I am grateful for the opportunity to present it for consideration at BlenderNation!

The movie was made nearly entirely with open source software, and of these of course Blender was the workhorse! Blender was used not just for the meshes and animation, but also for the editing. The VSE was put here to strenuous work! The final output consists of thousands of strips, nests of metastrips sometimes four or five deep, most of them keyframed in some way or other. Blender's VSE held the whole complicated jumble of audio and video together with very few difficulties!

The story is about three servants who find themselves entombed with their mummified master and at the mercy of the animal gods beneath the desert. I meant it more as a sort of poem than as a movie, but it does get very cinematic at times I think! And while it is a bit bleak and slow going at first, I promise that if you keep watching it will show itself to be also amusing and very gradually even a little bit exciting!

Thank you very much for your time!

- S. Gentil-Perret (in Canada)

3 Comments

  1. Congratulations! Incredible work here and very personal and authentic image style. The influence of german expressionist cinema is obvious as well as the early cinema film look. The use of 3D is very "transparent" and the whole movie looks more like a puppet stop motion feature. To be completely honest i haven't watched it entirely yet, but I will for sure.
    Congrats again, staying focused on your aim for such a long time is admirable.

    • Thank you, Fredhystair! I do love German movies of the 20s and I do love classic stop motion animation! Those sort of comparisons really flatter me! But I hadn't set out to make something with those appearances, it looks the way it does mostly for practical reasons. B&W made it so much easier to match the different layers. A slow frame rate for the raw animations made it possible for my modest computer to handle the renders. (The 4:3 aspect ratio though I chose just because I like it better than 16:9!)

      I hope you enjoy the movie! Thank you again!

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