2D Animation

The National Gallery is collaborating with Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design on 'Transcriptions: Animation’, an innovative new project which involves postgraduate animation students producing short films inspired by the Gallery’s collection. The views expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Gallery.

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From the Film Maker

My animation explores themes of the hero, the monster within and the saviour. A prominent religious icon, the dragon is also mentioned by Freud as having great significance when it appears in dreams. This quotation from ‘Man and His Symbols’ really inspired the narrative: ‘The hero… must realise that the shadow exists and that he can draw strength from it. He must come to terms with its destructive powers if he is to become sufficiently terrible to overcome the dragon.’ My film tells the story of a woman who takes on her father’s research into a rare sleeping disorder in which sufferers have realistic nightmares from which they can’t wake up. Using hand-drawn and digital elements from Adobe Flash and After Effects, I used the aesthetic to articulate the difference between waking and the unconscious. I focused on illustration and effects to create a piece that was crowded and claustrophobic.

 

Maliha Basak

A piece inspired by Gustave Moreau, Saint George and the Dragon, 1889-90

Die Oerwoud-The Jungle
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Safiya Greensword
My Willowed Friend
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Setareh Erfan
The Rocking of Venus
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Silvia Sardellaro
The Big Catch
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Chris Wilder
A Girl at a Window
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Hannah Lau-Walker
Passing By
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Frank Swan
Sundae Afternoon
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Karl Lawson
The House of Cards
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Stephanus Pretorius
The Astronomer
MovieThe Astronomer
Mark Jackson
La Messicole
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Hannes Stummvoll
Man is a Bubble
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Luca Panzini
Bubblegum Splash
MovieBubblegum Splash
Mark Abbott
Window Seat
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Cecile Elsass
Pop Wild
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Chris Colman
Moulin Huet Bay
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Sam Watterson
Silent Note
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Ying Zhang
CreatUba
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Marko Horvat
Who Determines
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Christina Evangelides
Afghanimaniacs
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Thomas Bristow
Elodie
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James Demetriadi
Vulgate
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Terry Wu
Centre pieces
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Mark Pilbeam
Secret Santa
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Anna Fyda
Away
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Gauri Bajaj
The Long Way Home
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Alexander King
Identity
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Marian Femenias Moratinos
Magic Bubbles
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Jonathan McNeil Clarke
Escape
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Leslie Pochat-Cottilloux
Enticement
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Panagiota Chaidogiannou
The Alchemist
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Emily Braham
Study Door
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Rachel Thorn
Firefly
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Sarah Dexter
Bacchus and Ariadne
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Claudia Walde
Clouds
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Francesco Mannarini
Hungry for Love
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Kimberly Alexander
Mikha-'el
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Michal Olgierd Konstantynowicz
Hackney Madonna
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Tamara Lesniewska