Superfad : Preguntas Hermosas

Superfad Seattle has just released a new short film called Preguntas Hermosas, a beautiful tale of a time shared between two people told through a combination of “Poema X” by Pablo Neruda and “Under the Harvest Moon” by Carl Sandburg. As explained by Director David Viau, “The story unfolds in three parts; a fond remembrance, loss, and then finally acceptance.”

With cinematic transitions and methodical pacing, Preguntas Hermosas casts dark characters in epic worlds for its arresting narrative. The film’s narrator, Gabriel Puerto, complements the score and adds depth to the amazing visual journey. The camera work shows great restraint, leaning more toward a practical approach to cinematography in the CG environment.

David was kind enough to share some of his thoughts and a bit of the process, after the jump:

“My initial plan was to do a personal short film, but the idea was embraced by the office and quickly became more than a one man show. It was primarily done during off hours, nights and weekends, or during the dead zone waiting for client feedback. We really owe a lot to our friends and colleagues who collaborated with us on this.

“Anyone that’s ever tried to do a personal project and balance that with all of the paying work knows that it’s a crazy undertaking. The folks and Clatter & Din and Lightpress here in Seattle were amazing and jumped right in. Christi O’Donnell who wrote the score is an amazing talent. Gabriel Puerto who did the voice over sort of fell into our laps, and the moment we heard him speak we knew he was perfect. We worked in Maya, XSI, C4D, Photoshop, After Effects using Red Giant plug-ins and Final Cut.”

Production Company: Superfad

Directed by David Viau

Executive Producers: Chris Volckmann and Will Hyde

Narrator: Gabriel Puerto

Adapted from the Poems Poema X by Pablo Neruda and Under the Harvest Moon by Carl Sandburg

3D Artists: Dade Orgeron, Robin Scher, Phiphat Pinyosophon, Andrew Butterworth, Tom Oakerson, Alex O’Donnell, Carlos Stevens, David Viau, Paulo Dias
Phiphat Pinyosophon, Jordan Blit

Animation and Compositing: David Viau, Loren Judah, Carlos Stevens, Justin Pae, Paulo Dias, David Viau, Tom Oakerson

Subtitle Animation: Will Hyde

Editor: Ryan Haug

Finishing: Lightpress
Colorist: Jeff Tillotson

Audio: Clatter and Din
Sound Design and Mixing: John Buroker

Original Score: Christi O’Donnell
Pianist: Christi O’Donnell
Violinist: David Liu

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  • amazing work!! love the audio as well..

  • dustedone

    Absolutely stunning! I’ve followed David’s work for a long time and he’s does extraordinary work. He’s been one of the lead creatives at Superfad forever it seems and has quietly been pumping out awesome work for years. Superfad Seattle is crushing it!!!!!!

  • killer stuff guys! congrats david.

  • beautiful piece. the pacing is great, and the visuals top notch.

  • +1 “beautiful”. so many great moments.

  • ilana

    Oh, come on! Boring visuals, descriptive narration, utter kitsch…. give me some creativity, visual experiment, not this “Lord of the Rings version 2million’ b…s.it!!!

    • dshaw

      Bad call

  • subtle lens flare, love it.

  • Awesome short Film! looks amazing and very detailed. congrats guys, keep up the great work!

  • To all involved. GREAT Job!