Earlier in the month, Disney released the second volume of the animated anthology series, Star Wars Visions. Where Volume One is focused on the sci-fi franchise through the lens of various Japanese studios, this new batch looking for those all over the worldand better for it. Almost everything The episodes are nothing short of bangers, with the best of the bunch that can be The Sith from the Spanish studio El Guiri.
The 14-minute short opens the new season, and for now part of a Spanish animation showcase at the Cannes film festival. Talked to differentits writer/director Rodrigo Blaas talks about how said Sith unique art style emerged. For its protagonist Lola (Úrsula Corberó), painting is an important part of her journeyy and how the brief imagination of the Force applies to characters such as the Jedi and Sith. Early on, he uses his power to form bubbles that turn into different colors, and when the bubbles burst explode, the resulting mixture dotted the (mostly white) walls of his living room. It was a happy accident, and that phrase perfectly encapsulates the visuals of the short.
Ask any creative person, and they’ll tell you that screwing up comes naturally. You can’t make something beautiful without first making it ugly, and it’s a sentiment shared by Blaas. He found it that painting usually involves “making mistakes and spilling color and actually using that spill to break up and make something else.” (Something you can see especially in the interior of Lola’s ship, where there are spaces that have not been painted or as if the paint has faded over time.) And accepting the mistakes, El Guiri was able to “scrape in the frame. and use this mixed media where it’s not all 3D in the same 3D environment.”
The Sith felt heavily influenced by abstract artists, and while Blaas admits as such, he also credits how simple the art of figurative imagery is. star wars’ is the. Growing up, drawing something like Star Destroyers “would be big triangles next to big round planets. They just become colored colors. ” He finds further inspiration from his daughter and the “visual heritage” of his childhood. Although it is important to be respectful of his own culture, he also sees this as an opportunity to “bring a different vision and something new.”
Before co-founding El Guiri, Blaas worked at studios such as Blue Sky and Pixar. For him, leaning on those mistakes is the opposite of his previous work, but one that needs to be done The Sith his best self. He admits it was an active decision he made, to see if it “lent some artistic value and a different point of view.” He talks about wanting to make something that “breaks the mold” in a way similar to what fellow Pixar alum Brad Bird did during his time at the studio, and it seems The Sith that’s exactly what it did.
You can take a look The Sith and other shorts makers Star Wars: Visions’ second season on Disney+.
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