In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested.
Read the full speech here:
My third year film at CalArts, produced from concept to completion in one semester. Inspired by space and people touching my hair. Made mostly in Maya, with a dash of After Effects, Flash, and ProTools.
Animation, Story, Art Direction, Sound Design, Most Stuff by Michael Piazza
Set Lighting & Shading, Additional Set Modeling, Other Stuff by Theresa Latzko
Alien-grunts by Brandon Wu
Additional astro-noise by Kyler Spears
Music used (in order):
Osamu’s Theme: Kyoko’s House - Philip Glass - Mishima OST
Runaway Horses (“Poetry Written With A Splash Of Blood”) - Philip Glass - Mishima OST
Kyoko’s House (“Stage Blood Is Not Enough”) - Philip Glass - Mishima OST
We should make strange things
Music by MAS (penguin market records)
Directed by Naoki Niwa & Tadahiro Gunji
Prodouced by Seiji Morishita
3D Directed by Masashi Fukuta
Animation by Kimihito Kubo & TANGE FILMS
Drawings and design by Tadahiro Gunji
The student short from filmmaker Luke Randall, Reach screened at film festivals all round the world and collected over 20 awards including:
Nominated Best Animation - Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards 09 (Australian Oscars)
2nd Place - Cannes Short Film Corner Competition
Winner Best Animated Film - New Jersey International Film Festival
Winner Best Student Film - Southbeach International Animation Festival
Winner Golden Eagle Award - Cine Awards
Winner Best Animation - Reno Film Festival
Winner Best Animation - Action Cut Film Festival
Winner Award of Excellence - Indie Awards
Winner Best Animated Film - GIAA Film Festival
Winner Special Jury Award - CINE awards
Winner - Sydney Festival - Get Animated Competition
Winner Best Animation - DeReel Independent Film Festival
Winner 2nd place - Stinkwater International Short Film Festival
Winner Best Film - Boohoo Film Compeition
Winner Best Film - Newtown Flicks Film Competition
Winner Award of Merit in Animation - The Accolade Film Awards
My thesis animation done at School of Visual Arts, class of 2013, Computer Art MFA.
Software used: Houdini (animation), Reason (music), Nuke (comp), After Effects (final render), Processing (pre-viz)
A full description of the piece along with some still frames can be found at: dbsierra.com
21”x 36” edition of 8. Mixed media with hand-screened printing, gold leaf and diamond dust embellishes.