From our continental correspondent – Mr Carton
Mr Carton is the new animated series by French animator Michaël Bolufer, chronicling the attempts of a hapless driver in a cardboard car to reach a lighthouse on a hill, far in the distance. Even though it looks as if all the objects and characters have been carefully made out of real cardboard, the whole affair is in fact fully created in 3D with carefully created, photorealistic textures.
As Bolufer explains in an article on Cartoon Brew, the whole animator’s toolbox has been used for these shorts, from 3ds Max to Unity to Premiere Pro. However, the innovative aspect of the process was the use of Unity, a 3D engine that is normally used for real-time rendering in video games. Using this software, the animators were able to see what they were doing in real time, and were able to fine-tune movements, reactions and effects. And the result is a series of cute little films that not only look real, but were made much faster (and cheaper) than in a classic animation setup.
Don’t forget to check out Bolufer’s pilot from 2012, or the second short on production house Studio 4’s YouTube channel, and afterwards express your frustration and indignation at the fact other ones of the first season are blocked outside France (or you can use Facebook instead).