Toni Polkowski 1. November 2010 Film

External Film Inspiration No. 25

“External Film Inspiration“ is a serial of short films, trailers and music clips by different artists from across the world introduced here at Cromoart. We would like to inspire you give ideas and suggestions. This time with films by Eric Lane, LPM Live Performers Meeting, RENATO MARQUES, Nuno Caroço, Dragos Bardac, Mikkel Johansen, Gentleman Scholar, Damien STECK and Zwp! Collective.

If you are interested in showing your films, please send us an E-Mail including „Embed Code“ and we will show your work here.

The GWB from Eric Lane on Vimeo.

This is some of of the first footage I took with my T2i back during my last semester at GSAPP.

The George Washington Bridge

Intended as a photographic excursion and an exercise in capturing footage with the T2i, I chose the George Washington Bridge as my subject because of its inherent beauty and power. The path taken lead us to the underside of the bridge where the behemoth structure meets the ground. Standing 604 ft. tall the bridge from this perspective is hard to take in in its entirety so I focused on the details I felt were most captivating coming from an architectural background. That being the cross-bracing, piping, cables, fencing, etc. A truly magnificent structure as well as the lighthouse that sits underneath.

As a way to explain the history and minor facts about the bridge, information from various resources was used as a graphic overlay on top of the footage.

Camera: Canon T2i/550D
Lens: Tamron 17-50
Edited and graded in Premiere, tracked with pfTrack, type/graphics done in AE.

Music is by Trentemøller track ‘Evil Dub’

LPM 2011 ROME MINSK from LPM Live Performers Meeting on Vimeo.

LPM 2011 ROME MINSK, Live Performers Meeting
May Rome, Italy // September Minsk, Belarus

International meeting of live video performers, visual artists and vjs, focused on live video performances.

IdN 100th issue: Connecting Dots by Renato Marques from RENATO MARQUES on Vimeo.

100 dots to symbolise 100 issues.
The dots connect, creating a network, so complex that they become the start engine of an intricate society of ideas and creations.
That ignition develop communication lines that bound all of us together.
The graphic matrix is the result of International designers’ Network in touch with the World.

Renato Marques – Concept, Direction, Design, Animation, and the Copy
Marco Almeida – Music, Sound Design
Tânia Reis – Consultant

Big thanks to Jovan from IdN

Julia Rising from Nuno Caroço on Vimeo.

Work inspired on natural fractals and patterns of visual math. In the essence i just wanted to create an emotional piece that translated the beauty of this forms.

The main form was not possible to achive internally in After Effects without the raytracer developed by Tom Beddard.

All the effects and compositing were made using only After Effects default tools. No external plugins used.

Life Buoy (2010) from Dragos Bardac on Vimeo.

Life Buoy (2010)

“Life buoy” is my project for my degree at the National University of Arts from Bucharest, Romania. The film was made in mid 2010 and it is a music video for the song “Life buoy” by the band “The Pixels”. I used a mix of stop motion animation techniques in order to tell the story.

Worth mentioning:

Shortlisted for YouTube Play – A Biennial of Creative Video in collaboration with Guggenheim Museum.

Selected for the Advertising and Music Video Category at Anim’est International Animation Film Festival 2010, Bucharest, Romania.

Selected for the FESTIVAL TEMPS D’IMAGES 2010 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Selected for the Animation Category at Kinofest International Digital Film Festival 2010, Bucharest, Romania.


A modern day knight slips into an imaginary where he is not welcome. He undergoes daring challenges to stay in the world where he is alone. This journey is a tribute to the tales of 1001 nights and to classic Romanian fairytales, but it all happens in a modern world, where the bicycle replaces the horse, a cardboard dog replaces the dragon, and some chairs stand in for the mountain, the place where the truth lies. Whether he finds the truth or not will determine the fate of the young knight: he will either go back to the real world, or he will live this imaginary experience as if it was a dream. Everything can happen all over again.

Technical aspects of the film:

For the animation, over 5400 photographs were shot, using a Canon 40D with Canon EF-S 10-22 F3.5-5.6 USM and Canon 24-105 F4 L USM lenses. For the indoors scenes I used three 250 watts Hensel Flash triggered with Pocket Wizzards. The camera was controlled through a MacBook laptop using the Canon EOS Utility and a long USB cable.


Written, directed, photographed and edited by Dragos Bardac ( )

Starring Ovidiu Naclad (

Art director: Sebastian Oprita

Photoshop collage: Vlad Jerca (

Credits soundtrack: Radu Oprea (

Thanks to Florin Costache (

Music Life Buoy by The Pixels ( )

_Deformation – Final Version from Mikkel Johansen on Vimeo.

The final version of my 1044 frame lighting/render test.

3D Max – Mental Ray
After Effects CS4
Soundbooth CS4

Music: Aphex Twin – Bucephalus Bouncing Ball
Boy In Static – Bellyfull

National Geographic, Great Migrations from Gentleman Scholar on Vimeo.

Feel the life in 2010 from Damien STECK on Vimeo.

Imagevideo / Biomedical Analysis from Zwp! Collective on Vimeo.

ZWP! Collective
Christian Kinzer; Erwin Polanc; Stefan Joch; Peter Schönhardt; Matthias Müller


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  1. daniel tegeland 2. November 2010 at 23:52

    Thanks for the inspiration. Always glad when I see new film inspirational pieces