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“Fest” is a tribute to Youtube culture. Similar to the protagonists in fail compilations, characters in “Fest” are dealing with unexpected results, extreme situations and chaos. Freedom and spontaneity are common elements and are picked up within the animation.
The technique is a combination of puppeteering and dynamic computer simulation and varies between physically accurate and broken. Like the fail heroes on Youtube, the animator is never fully in control. Animating like this feels closer to real-life filmmaking: the simulation results are unpredictable and personal.
Accordingly, the focus shifts from outcome to process. The animator is left with the challenge to find the right balance between control and chaos.