THE OTHER SIDE is a fantasy/drama shortfilm with animation. A girl wakes up trapped in an apartment with no recollection of where she is when she discovers that she’s being slowly consumed by a WHITE SUBSTANCE.
DID YOU SAY WHITE SUBSTANCE?
THE SUBSTANCE is one of the protagonist of the film. It consumes our protagonist during the film little by little. It was made with traditional frame by frame animation in Photoshop and then composed in After Effects.
EACH FRAME HAS 4 PASSES: The white flat background, the dark outline, the shadows and the chalk texture. The animation runs at 17 fps, this means that each second of animation has 17 drawings! In total, there are more than 3000 frames in the film.
WHY WAS THE FILM MADE?
(Spoilers ahead) THE OTHER SIDE is a film in which (after a personal experience) we tried to demystified death as a phenomena of spiritual rebirth and cast a rather linear perception over it. Reality continues but only different and death is in fact the process of naturalization in accordance with the new reality. That’s what actually happens with our main character in the other side – the new reality, her new nature is taking over bit by bit. (End of spoilers)
From a technical perspective, we tried to challenge the general notion of what to expect from a vfx in a film. Does a vfx in an existential drama has to be realistic? Why limit ourselves like this? Why not make it look rough, 2d, but still with an artistic sensibility? That’s what we tried to achieve with THE OTHER SIDE.
WHO'S THE DIRECTOR?
Born in Venezuela, VICTOR VELASCO started doing his first short films in The school of cinema and TV of Caracas. after getting a filmmaking degree and a system engineer degree, he started directing shortfilms, music videos and developing videogames.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and was the creative director, writer and producer of the critically acclaimed PS4 game -KLAUS-
VICTOR currently develops personal projects and works as a VFX and Motion Graphic freelancer artist for companies like Netflix (House of Cards), Paramount Pictures (Transformers), Nike, between others.