Luminaris is an animated short film directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella using the pixilation technique combining real actors interacting with animated objects and time-lapse sequences. The film was written by Juan Pablo Zaramella and Gustavo Cornillón and was inspired by an instrumental tango piece called “Lluvia de Estrellas” (Rain of Stars) composed by Osmar Maderna in the 1940s. The direction of photography is by Sergio Piñeyro and the complete production of the film took two years and a half, mainly due to the unpredictability of weather conditions and sunlight movement, that changes the shadows on the locations every day. For the full credits click here.

In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things.

Juan Pablo Zaramella was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All his independent shorts have been awarded all around the world. In 2010, Annecy International Animation Festival presented a special program with a selection of his works. His film “Luminaris” is the most awarded short in history, with 327 international awards, including the Audience Award and Fipresci Award at Annecy 2011, and was in the Oscars Shortlist for Best Animated Short. His last work is a TV series called “The Tiniest Man in the World”, a co-production between France and Argentina. Nowadays, Juan Pablo is working in a new TV project called “The way Things Are”.

In the director’s words:

I first became acquainted with this piece of music as a child, because my elders used to listen to it. I had always liked this piece but, as an adult, it gradually dawned on me that this music could be like a score of a film that had never been made. In 2008 I was granted a creativity residency by Abbaye de Fontevraud, in France. I decided to take this opportunity to develop this project. Originally, I approached the project as a puppet animation story, but doing some pixilation tests in the gardens of Fontevraud, just for fun, the seed of the present short appeared: the idea of sunlight as a magnetic force.

All images © Juan Pablo Zaramella / Luminaris

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