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At first, all you see are trees. Then you spot it: A teal dot cuts through the forestand zooms down an empty road. Soonanother point of lighting, this one red, comes into view and dedicates chase. Aforebodingscore plays as the narrative unspools, the two tinges racing across the hazy landscape toward an equivocal fate.
This three-minute experimental short is the job of designer Matt Pyke, founder of digital design studioUniversal Everything. He calls it Closer . And while it’sa greatexample of simple yet effective storytelling, it’s not the kind of thing Pyke is typically known for.A plenty of the film and animation work we do is very complex CGI, he says. Deem Walking City , the firm’s award-winning evolving video statue 😛 TAGEND
For Closer , Pyke wanted to try something different.The challenge I defined myself was, whats the smallest sum of information you can have in a scene and still create drama and feeling? Creators of all stripes know that self-imposed constraints can be a powerful source of original, impactful material( assure: Dieter Rams ,Chuck Jones ,Pixar ). ForPyke, the project would bea valuable workout inrestraint.
He drew onhis surrounds for inspiration.Pyke lives in northern England, on the edge of Peak National Park. Every morning he wakes early and stroll his puppy through the foggy hills. On occasionhell notice a jogger, or a setof headlights, moving slowly in the distance. Youll get these tiny clues of humanity in these wide open spaces, he says. In Closer , Pyke reproduction these tracings of humanity withtwo pinpricks of illumination, and illustrates wide open space with dreary, pre-dawnphotographs of the park itself.
When combined withan eerie score composed by hisbrother, Simon, Pyke’s pixel-high charactersandashen photographslendthe film structure and tension. Are these corpuscles of light adversaries or friends? Are they falling in love, or is something more nefarious afoot? The ambiguity draws the spectator in, and carries her along. All in all , Closer doesn’tgive you much, but it gives you enough.