My post on Caroline Leaf’s “Owl and Goose” has lead me to another interesting animation. Spanish musician-animator César Díaz used the same sand on glass technique to create this animation for the song No Corras Tanto.
César is a musician as well as an animator – in fact, he is one of the musicians in El Combolinga, the band responsible for this song . He was kind enough to answer some of my questions.
Firstly – the imagery in the animation was entirely spontaneous and improvised. César says:
“I had no script or storyboard .. except the lyrics of the song. Every day encouraged that I could think at that time. Although I’m lost much time thinking about what to do.”
He also mentions that he got pretty tired of that particular piece of music 🙂
If you are wondering about the process, here is a “making of”. César assures me that there was no post production – no computer wizardry done afterwards to “slick it up”.
I asked him if he was inspired by Ryan Larkin at all – I was thinking particularly of “Street Musique” and also the famous “Walking” animation – but apparently he had not come across Ryan’s work at the time he made No Corras Tanto. Ryan Larkin is pretty awesome, but I think César is right up there with him – I’m including these two animations by Ryan Larkin: