THE DUELLUM

A short fun personal animation inspired by Saul Bass' distinctive style, colors, and shapes, as well as anime I watched growing up.

Responsible for all aspects.

Used Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects.

May 2016

This is the film poster Saul Bass designed for Anatomy of a Murder (1959). It was the main inspiration for the look of my short film. I adapted the colors and style, including the sketchy pastel border, and fused it with my love of Japanese animation.

This is the film poster Saul Bass designed for Anatomy of a Murder (1959). It was the main inspiration for the look of my short film. I adapted the colors and style, including the sketchy pastel border, and fused it with my love of Japanese animation.

Initial style frame for the main shot of the film. At this early stage, I was trying to develop a look for the film and lock down the color palette.

Initial style frame for the main shot of the film. At this early stage, I was trying to develop a look for the film and lock down the color palette.

This is the reference for the running cycle of the yellow samurai. It come from Neon Genesis Evangelion, a Japanese anime from the 90s. The key points are the position of the legs, the intensity of the strides, and the camera shake as the samurai takes each step.

This is the reference for the running cycle of the yellow samurai. It come from Neon Genesis Evangelion, a Japanese anime from the 90s. The key points are the position of the legs, the intensity of the strides, and the camera shake as the samurai takes each step.

Style frame for the ending shot of the film. I was trying to represent a watermelon with a new twist using bold colors that fit the aesthetic. The shot reveals how the samurai was just practicing his sword skill on a fruit.

Style frame for the ending shot of the film. I was trying to represent a watermelon with a new twist using bold colors that fit the aesthetic. The shot reveals how the samurai was just practicing his sword skill on a fruit.

This is the running cycle for the yellow samurai, without the camera shake animation. I decided to have the samurai run with his arms stretched backwards to convey a greater sense of speed and draw attention to the sword.

This is the running cycle for the yellow samurai, without the camera shake animation. I decided to have the samurai run with his arms stretched backwards to convey a greater sense of speed and draw attention to the sword.