"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."

Astigmatismo was created following a rather unconventional creative process. To achieve the feeling of being lost, I decided that every member of the crew, including himself, had to let this feeling drive the creation of the film. The character designs, background designs, music and even the sounds, were created before there was even a script. Nobody knew what there will be happening in the film, and nobody, except for me, knew who were the other members in the team nor how their work would coexist with the works of the others. Creating a track of sound effects with no visual reference was probably the most unusual part. I had to assemble all these separated pieces into a film, creating each scene by free association between the sounds, the characters, the backgrounds and the music.

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

The team is composed by Norwegian illustrator Gina Thorstensen, who took care of the character designs, Italian artist Cecilia Ramieri who made a set of etchings to be used as background designs, Finnish psychedelic synth band Shogun Kunitoki composed the original music and French sound designer Pierre Sauze created the sound effects.

4 - 6Backgound designs by Cecilia Ramieri. Etching, aquatint and drypoint.Backgound designs by Cecilia Ramieri. Etching, aquatint and drypoint.Backgound designs by Cecilia Ramieri. Etching, aquatint and drypoint.Backgound designs by Cecilia Ramieri. Etching, aquatint and drypoint.Backgound designs by Cecilia Ramieri. Etching, aquatint and drypoint.Backgound designs by Cecilia Ramieri. Etching, aquatint and drypoint.<>

The film was shot in a 5-double-level multiplane using a mix of cutout marionettes and paint on glass, photographed using a special lens to achieve an extreme effect of blur. Being a film that, at its core, relies in an optical effect, using real optics instead of computer effects was necessary to make it look as beautiful and authentic as possible.

Astigmatismo  was shot frame by frame using a Canon EOS 1100D with a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM lens, using Dragonframe stop-motion software.

Astigmatismo is an independent production, made on a budget of 9000 euros from my own pocket as the only alternative to the lack of support for animation short-films in Spain. Half of the budget was recouped by selling pre-orders of the film through this website.

Pre-production began on early 2010. The film was finished on March 2013. The stop-motion shooting was made under a period of six months.

3 - 6Character designs by Gina Thorstensen. Ink, pencil and collage.Character designs by Gina Thorstensen. Ink, pencil and collage.Character designs by Gina Thorstensen. Ink, pencil and collage.Character designs by Gina Thorstensen. Ink, pencil and collage.Character designs by Gina Thorstensen. Ink, pencil and collage.Character designs by Gina Thorstensen. Ink, pencil and collage.<>

I believe that the internet is the perfect platform for showing and distributing short-films so I refuse to submit Astigmatismo to film festivals that demand the short to be taken offline. The film will always be available for free on Vimeo, Dailymotion and YouTube.

If you like the film, please consider supporting my work by purchasing a downloadable copy of the film, or by spreading the word about it.

This film was made possible thanks to the generous contributions made by the following people:

 

Jim Kosolosky, Puño, Claire Jarlan, Cedric Villain, Alberto Gomez, Paolo Polesello, Laurent Pouvaret, Torhild Thorstensen, Adriana Huarte, Hugo Frassetto, Esther Rubio, Juan José Álvarez Cotrina, Scott Gryspeerdt

 

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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