"A boy, having lost his glasses, can only see one thing in focus at a time. His sight gets attracted by the sounds that surround him. He will have to explore a blurry world of unknown places and strange characters."

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An animation short film by Nicolai Troshinsky


with music by Shogun Kunitoki, sound design by Pierre Sauze

character designs by Gina Thorstensen, background designs by Cecilia Ramieri

Astigmatismo is a 100% independent production, paid entirely from my pocket. If you like the film, consider supporting my work by purchasing a downloadable copy, a physical edition or a piece of original art. If you don´t have money you can always support me by spreading the word about the film.


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“Astigmatismo” is a short-film about the feeling of being lost. This feeling is created thanks to an extreme blur effect, leaving only a very tiny space in focus. The focus shifts and moves rhythmically, synchronized with the sounds and the music, revealing a constantly changing landscape.

Watch the Making Of video:

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- Extended Making Of (20:11) Enlgish, subtitles: Spanish, French


- Interview with Astigmatismo sound designer Pierre Sauze (12:30) French, subtitles: English, Spanish


- From the Animatic to the Final Animation (08:08) English, subtitles: Spanish, French


- Timelapse of a Scene (10:32)


Total running time: 51:21


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- Numbered limited edition DVD, with silkscreen printed cardboard case and a booklet. Contains the film and the Extended Making Of + extras. Please note that the film comes both as a standard DVD with a menu and as independent full HD .mp4 files that you can play on a computer.


- Four original Gina Thorstensen´s character design silkscreen prints.


- Three original concept art postcards.


- Access to the private Making Of blog.


- Digital download of the film and Making Of + Extras


The optical effect of blur is at the core of the film, so to make this effect as beautiful and authentic as possible "Astigmatismo" is shot in a 5-level multiplane using a special lens. The animation involves cut-out marionettes and paint on glass. Everything is entirely made by hand and there are no post production effects.


It is, however, computer-assisted. The camera and the lens were entirely controlled by computer making it possible to adjust the focus and the depth of field with extreme precision, allowing for a variety of focus effects that wouldn't have been possible to create otherwise. In this way, the film combines old school animation techniques with recent advances in camera technology.

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Astigmatismo is an independent project by Nicolai Troshinsky. The music is by the Finnish band Shogun Kunitoki. The sound design is by the french sound designer Pierre Sauze.

The backgrounds are original etchings by Italian artist Cecilia Ramieri and the characters are original designs by Norwegian illustrator Gina Thorstensen.

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