Improvisation in Sand – César Díaz

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:

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laura
    Jan 06, 2010 @ 15:53:10

    Wow! I already loved Larkin’s work, now I have a new favorite animator!

  2. mashadutoit
    Jan 06, 2010 @ 20:29:37

    I agree! I enjoyed it so much, I went and bought the album that this song (No Corras Tanto) is on. Its by Cesar Diaz’s band, El Combolinga. Its pretty cool too ! 🙂 Now I’m curious to learn more about Spanish music.


  3. fireofenergy
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 08:35:42

    One of the best songs, with heart and more than “just looking up” the english way… No way could someone do this without determination and will, to exude the feelings and experience from within.
    Spiritually, perhaps, overwhelming for an American guy (unless he’s in to see’n signs at the time)!

  4. mashadutoit
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 08:37:51

    Agreed on the need for determination and will! 🙂

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