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

This animation serves as a reminder of the transience of life, and is a contemporary reflection on the busy, yet hollow existence our gadgets and lifestyle create for us. Moving through her daily routine, a young woman navigates through, but is disconnected from, the world around her. Subjugated by the false friend at her side, her life is devoid of any real contact. As with the figure in Hals’ painting, she exists in a loop, caught in a juggling act between life around her and her disconnection from it. The animation is based on observational drawings from everyday life and uses Adobe Photoshop and After Effects software to combine traditional hand-drawn techniques with digitally composited textures.


Natasha Tonkin

A piece inspired by Frans Hals, Young Man holding a Skull, about 1626-8

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
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Alexander King
Marian Femenias Moratinos
Magic Bubbles
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Jonathan McNeil Clarke
Leslie Pochat-Cottilloux
Panagiota Chaidogiannou
The Alchemist
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Emily Braham
Study Door
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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
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Tamara Lesniewska