of wind and flight…and dreams

Happy Friday!!

I can’t believe it was snowing out again this morning…winter just doesn’t seem to want to let spring in. Today I will share with you two animated shorts–I couldn’t make up my mind as to which one to show.

One is by Joaquin Baldwin, a director and animator from Paraguay, who currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.  You can see more of his work on his website.  The animation is titled Windmill Farmer.  It reminded me of two trips–one to Twentynine Palms in California where for the first time I saw the most windmills ever–tons of them (which is what wind farms are)!  The other trip was when we were visiting and driving through Austria, and saw how elegant and beautiful windmills look standing tall along the hillsides.  I really do find their shape and design to be so clean, that I liked seeing them–perhaps it’s the rhythm of their rotor blades powered by the wind, and that they are usually in groups (I love multiples).

I like the use of silhouettes in Windmill Farmer, and the movement of the windmills, and the farmer match the soft flowing movement of the wind.  The colors and textures of the backgrounds are gorgeous.  This short reminds me of how great it is to have the seasons–there’s always the possibility of rebirth, and of starting over again! (speaking of winter not wanting to let spring in!)

The Windmill Farmer from Joaquin Baldwin on Vimeo.

The other animation that I found today is by artist Ghislain Avrillon from Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France. It is titled Galileo. In some ways, Avrillon’s Galileo has a story that parallels Baldwin’s Windmill Farmer in that both portray characters who put great effort into a dream or vision they have, only to see it fail (or apparently fail); however, both stories have a sweet and positive turn in the end.  One of the things that caught my eye in this short is the drawing style–in particular the blueprint style of the boy’s studio in the opening scene.  Love that!

Galileo from Ghislain Avrillon on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoy both shorts…more to come next week…have a great weekend!

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