The Man With No Shadow (2004)| Georges Schwizgebel

“A man exchanges his shadow for richness, then, disillusioned with the result, has to be content with sevenleague boots which help him find his way. The film, very ambitious, benefits from the quality of the production by the NFB with rich sound effects. Schwizgebel takes advantage of the occasion to install the mysterious atmosphere with one of the longest and most beautiful opening sequences of his career. The use of metamorphoses makes it possible to carry out semantic shortcuts in order to deliver the story to the public. To this day, the film is the author’s most accomplished production.”

L’homme sans ombre – Georges Schwizgebel | National Film Board of Canada

Georges Schwizgebel, born in 1944 in Reconvillier in the Bernese Jura. Paradoxically, it is the influence of his parents which, at the age of 15, leads him to start training in painting at the School of Fine Arts. He meets Daniel Suter at the School for Decorative Arts. They soon dream of producing cartoons in their future studio – GDS, named after their initials (Georges-DanielSchwizgebel/Suter). Both are employed in an advertising agency. Alongside this bread and butter work, Georges, Daniel and Claude (Luyet) undertake their first attempts at cartoons in an old watchmaking studio. In 1970, an order for an animated part for two documentaries leads to the three apprentice animators turning self-employed. The team starts to produce credits for Frenchspeaking Swiss television. Le vol d’Icare earns Schwizgebel a study prize and Perspectives a quality prize of sufficient importance to enable him to produce Hors-jeu. His career as an independent film maker takes off. After two years of Chinese as a listener at lectures at the University of Geneva, Georges receives a scholarship which enables him to spend a year in China. Films follow one after the other, recompensed, as do exhibitions. Georges Schwizgebel becomes one of the best known film makers in the world of animation whose personality is relayed by documentaries and tributes | Ciné-Portrait

“Schwizgebel is a canvass painter with great musical sensitivity. With one stroke of the brush, he creates universes of transition and passage, lyrical, global works of art. And a continuous and infinite metamorphosis, each image transforms into another, a still image becomes a moving one which effortlessly surmounts temporal and spatial limits.” | Thomas Allenbach, WOZ, 2002

The Man With No Shadow (2004)| Georges Schwizgebel

My first short animation @Lasalle

Silent memento is the first -short animation that i did at Lasalle- during my diploma course.

At Lasalle College of the Arts, when i had to decide which course to take, instead of having advance placement in Fine Art, i chose Animation. Though majoring in animation was never appear as a first choice in my mind before, but to think about it, its the only art form that combines all the things that i love – drawings, motions and music. I imagined how a still painting/drawing being animated, and decided that animation art is what i want to learn more about.

 

My first short animation @Lasalle