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Consoul (Lasse Gjertsen 2009)

This film is amazing. The 8 bit styling is flawless, and the references are an absolute treat. Leave the annotations on – you’ll want to catch all the cameos.

The following is taken straight from Lasse Gjertsen’s YouTube page:

Youtube aka Google finally decided to extend their 10 minute limit to 15 minutes to compete with Hulu, and I can finally upload the film that I might consider my best work yet, and definitely my most personal film. It is my first real professional short, and was produced by Alligator AS in Bergen, Norway.
It is basically my first attempt of videographic shamanism. It is a story about a persons life and death told in 8-bits video game graphics.
I made it in about half a year together with my best friend Trygve Knudsen, who made the 3D-sequences. I made all the 8-bit-shit 🙂 We worked on and off with it from February 2008 and completed it in January 2009. It has been screened at a bunch of film festivals all over the planet, and is originally made for 35mm film with surround sound (kicks in during the 3D-sequences). Therefore it might be perceived as being a bit sloooow, but fuck you and your internet attention span in that case :p
The 8-bit stuff is designed in Photoshop and animated with After Effects. I downloaded emulators for Amiga, Sega, Nintendo and so forth and had to play a shit load of games to look at the graphics and game play for inspiration. It was pretty sweet to get paid for that 🙂 The music is composed with FL Studio.
There are a lot of references to people and movies, and not to mention; video games, that have contributed inspiration wise, and if you turn on annotations, you’ll get it all revealed 🙂
You can download a shortened version of the soundtrack from http://www.nrk.no/Urort/Artist/lassegg (Lytt til = Listen to, Last ned = Download)

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