Le gouffre (2014)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 03:02
Le Gouffre is the first animated short film produced and directed by Lightning Boy Studio, created by animators Carl Beauchemin, Thomas Chrétien, and David Forest, a young creative team based in Montreal. The film tells the story of two spirited travelers who come across an incredibly wide chasm on their journey and decide to build a bridge to cross it. Released in February 2015, the project had first gained a lot of attention following the huge success of its Kickstarter campaign, which allowed the creators to finance the movie’s post-production. Many were impressed by the passion and determination of the small team of three animators, who spent more than two full years creating the 10-minute film. Le Gouffre has been selected in more than 60 festivals around the world and won nine awards, four of them for “Best Animated Short”. For the complete list of selections and awards. Magazine cg awards 2015, Canada int’film festival 2015, Herlm int’film festival 2014, San jose short film festival 2014
Le Gouffre gives us a wealth of such images, and an inspiring tale about friendship, sacrifice and conquering the impossible, is a story about the power of will, the strength of friendship and the combined endurance of community. Two friends, adventurers on an unknown journey, come upon a deep chasm that obstructs their ongoing path. Together, they must find a way to bridge the gap to get across. Rendered in a unique animation style reminiscent of hand-drawn graphics, the film is a beautiful work which boasts great contrasts; there is vibrancy in its colours and depth of setting, and a capricious turn of weather allows the film to embrace and explore a dichotomy of light and shadow. Beyond aesthetics, a most significant aspect of Le Gouffre is its message of solidarity, which is well served by its straightforward yet elegant story. Challenged by nature and the limitations of humankind’s influence on natural elements, the film suggests, almost to an axiomatic fault, that we cannot accomplish great feats without the aid of others. In that sense, the film is a visual illustration of collaboration: the bridge which the characters build, the bond that we forge with others in our quest to a goal. Beautifully produced animation with naturalistic human movements and incredibly detailed landscape, And there is only a tiny amount of dialogue and so the music is an extremely important part of the story telling. Le Gouffre is the result of a 2013 Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $25,000 in order to get this film made.