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

I was drawn to the figure in the painting: a boy with a sense of loneliness, yet who also exudes an underlying quirkiness shown through his almost self-satisfied smile. This gave me the idea to create an animation reflecting these two moods, beginning with a sense of sadness and then working its way to a joyful crescendo at the end. It is a reflection of the frailty of human emotions as portrayed in Chardin’s ‘House of Cards’.
Stylistically, I tried to incorporate Chardin’s method of painting his subjects from a distance, then moving nearer to reflect the changing emotions of the subject. For the animation, I used traditional 2D drawing techniques in Flash to create a slow, almost melancholy pace to this animation.


Stephanus Pretorius

A piece inspired by Jean-Siméon Chardin, The House of Cards, about 1736-7

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