Céline Desrumaux: Countdown Igor Sordokhonov September 13, 2011 Countdown is a short movie/music video based on the music of Apparat. Directed, designed, animated and composed by Céline Desrumaux. Editor’s note: Countdown was originally posted as a Quickie, but it has been upgraded to a full post. ShareShare on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on LinkedInClick to share on Google+Click to share on RedditClick to email this to a friend 18 Comments Anonymous September 13th, 2011 must have been a lot of work for one person… result is great! Groovy Sushi September 13th, 2011 thank you! I began a bit more than two years ago! I did everything on my free time :) Groovy Sushi September 13th, 2011 thank you! I began a bit more than two years ago! I did everything on my free time :) Matt Darnall September 13th, 2011 The best thing I’ve seen on this website in a long time in my opinion. Gorgeous work. Is there any 3d in this? Also how did you go about making it look time lapse on the hero shot in the thumbnail? Filipe Carvalho September 13th, 2011 really good, well done! Brian Gossett September 13th, 2011 Celine, you should be very proud of this. Truly inspiring. Love it. Brian Gossett September 13th, 2011 Celine, you should be very proud of this. Truly inspiring. Love it. Anonymous September 14th, 2011 Just amazing! It’s become a cliché for people to say how music videos aren’t what they were. And certainly the early 2000s Shynola hey day departed with the plummeting music promo budgets. So I think nowadays, to create something truly brilliant it has to be a labour of love, which this promo undeniably is. 2 years in the making and from the results it was undeniably worth it. Congratulations. Joan Pla September 14th, 2011 How long did it take for you to do all this? Andrew Griff Griffin September 14th, 2011 Stunning work, as ever, from Celine – but this really is something else. Awesome. Martin Speidel September 14th, 2011 great! :) Evan Anthony September 14th, 2011 This is just so phenomenal. A masterwork. It’d be amazing to see bit more background about the project / process if it exists! Stephen Fitz September 14th, 2011 Three cheers for the craft! wildiebunchie September 15th, 2011 Thank you for this piece of love to MG. Alexis Smith September 16th, 2011 Well done but doesn’t really get me going. I do enjoy smaller details of the work though. David J Gaitan September 17th, 2011 Theres nothing in this piece that I don’t love. The design and animation are fantastic, space and space travel is something I’m very interested in and after watching this, I had to go buy that album from Apparat. Awesome work Groovy Sushi September 17th, 2011 Thank you everybody! It’s really motivating to hear such comments! For people who are interested in the technic part : Most of the video was done in 2D. I drew in photoshop and animate everything in after effects. For the timelapse sequence i use a bit of 3D. I did the modeling of the rocket and the launch pad (as i drew it in photoshop), i lighted it and get the shadow pass. Then i came back to after effects, used my 2d background and the 3d shadow pass on it. I’ve also use the 3d for some shot of the rocket, in order to give some volume or make the rocket turn on itself. I did a camera mapping of my illustration on the rocket to keep the illustration look. For the animation character, it’s 2d flash animation. And finally, all the particles for fire and smoke have been done with particular :) (from the beginning i wanted to have graphic circles for the smoke) The most difficult part over those two years, was to keep the minimalistic and illustrative look i had at the beginning. I really took it as an exercice to focus on colours, composition of the image and also to make the image dynamic even if it’s just an illustration. We can always find a way to make it alive! And it was such a pleasur to work on this music, i really thank apparat for letting me use the music ! Anonymous September 19th, 2011 I love this! Great stuff. Hope we get to see the sequel of them landing on Mars. I shared the link on my Facebook page – hope you get lots of attention, you deserve it. Comments are closed.