‘Parigot’: an overlooked animation?
In 2010, five students from the George Méliès School directed a four minutes animation movie: Parigot. Set in a Paris with a liberal architecture, it follows a chase between two men.
Does it remind you of something?
But if the premise seems identical the impact on Internet is not the same. Mac’n’Cheese was put online on Vimeo a month ago and is close to reaching a million, whereas Parigot, which I couldn’t find on Vimeo but is available on Youtube only has a shy 88,000 + views after a year online. (Parigot got a distribution deal with Premium Films.)
I enjoyed both animations, found Mac’n’Cheese more original in its editing choices and its score but could only be impressed by the subtle mix of retro atmosphere, innovative reconstruction of Paris and clear mastering of the techniques Parigot also showcased.
Why one got so much attention while the other remained unde the radar? I can only wonder.
Both films have an official website and the five directors of Parigot shared additional making-of information on their personal blogs, such as sketches and particularly storyboards that show how close the end product is from its preliminary version:
This is another example that low numbers are often not representative of the quality of one’s work and a reason why we should keep our curiosity alive, only to be better surprised.
See below the Parigot directors’ credits:
[Thanks to Lili]