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Excellence Award

ELEMI

NAKATA Hideto

Animated short film [Japan]

This stop-motion animation depicts the romance and struggle of a telephone pole standing in a downtown area. The texture of its images, produced painstakingly over months and years by hand, its moving music, and its story, while nostalgic and painful, all simultaneously contribute to the tenderness and warmth of the work.

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NAKATA Hideto

Japan

NAKATA Hideto represents SOVAT THEATER. Born in 1972, Hyogo. In 1997 he formed a film production team with three modelers, MATSUO Kenji, HOSOI Hirokazu and MASUDA Shigeaki. The team has created short stop-motion animations, and concurrently presented installations. Their works have won high acclaim in film festivals and events both in Japan and abroad.

( 2009 )

Award Reason

In 3D animation, especially when it uses dolls for human characters, the design and movements of characters reveal the quality of the work instantly. However, in this excellent work, the design of the characters renders personality precisely, and the movements of the characters convey emotions carefully. The quality of this work is not only found in the characters themselves but also in many other things. The sets and properties fully revive the good old days. The elaborate design of the sparrows pausing on the wire with their wings folded shows the creator’s extreme sense of delicacy. It is the creator’s tenacity reflected in all these details that makes the fantasy of personifying lifeless electric poles with emotional realism possible. Above all, I would like to applaud the persistence of the creator, who spent eight years producing this quiet, heart-warming piece of work, confidently selecting a three-dimensional technique.

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