The Guardian

Produced by N9ve and directed by its founder, Alessandro Novelli, “The Guardian” is a dense, enigmatic short film inspired by Franz Kafka’s parable, “Before the Law.”

While Kafka’s works are often interpreted as commentary on the absurdities of government and the tyranny of social norms, N9ve’s interpretation is more psychological:

A peasant after traveling the world arrives in front of a gate, controlled by a fearsome guardian. The peasant tries to pass through but the guardian denies him entrance.

Peasant and guardian are the same character. The peasant, like each one of us, in front of his own fear; the guardian, something shapeless, that surrounds and control him. The door/gate [represents] the possibilities we encounter during our life.

The soundtrack by BCNSOUND is sparse and mysterious, the perfect complement to the surreal discordance of the visuals.

Behind the scenes

The making of video shows extensive use of Cinema 4D to produce what ultimately resembles cel animation.


N9ve –

Alessandro Novelli

Alessandro Novelli
Victor Perez
Andrea Gendusa

Illustration and Design:
Alessandro Novelli
Karolina Pospischil
Andrea Gendusa

Victor Perez – Character Animator, 3D Modeling
Alessandro Novelli – 3D modeling, 3D animation
Gabriele Maiocco – 3D heads modeling and Zbrush artist
Andrea Gendusa – 3D modeling, 3D animation

Original Music:
Simon Smith
Sasha Agranov

Voice Over:
Luis De Velasco

Sasha Agranov

Music Recording and Mixing:
Eric Nagel – at BCNSound – BCN –

Voice Over recording:
Juan José Rodriguez – at Abuela Records – MX

Yves Roussel

Many thanks to:
Leandra Boj
Rafael Mayani
Xavier Sanchez
and Karolina Pospischil
for their posters.

Special Thanks to:
Simon, Sasha and BCNsound ( , Laura Sans Gassó, Ana Isabella Byrne Bellorín, Mariana Perfeito, Luis De Velasco

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About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.

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