This week, we chat to anaglyph animator and visual ventriloquist...
Frantz, you have a wealth of creative work, including 3D Anaglyphs. Please tell us a bit about this, including your 3D Monster series?
The 3D Monster series is in 3D Anaglyph. You need a pair of Red-Blue glasses to see them in 3D. The continuing series of monsters is for a future coffee-table book entitled 3D Monster Field Guide. It’s a Monster-Spotters guide for monsters that live among us, living seemingly normal lives: catching the train to work, sitting next to us, all seemingly normal activities. Yet, they have twenty shifty eyes and green slimy skin, or they have gills and fish teeth, or they are invisible and have razor cuts (because they can’t see their own face!) The 3D Monsters are an on-going self-generated project, as is the Poster series of 3D Gaiju (Godzilla type Japanese movie monsters) and the poster series of 3D Super-Heroes like Batman and Pop icons like Astro-Boy.
Can you tell me a about how you became involved in art, and your fascination with 3D art?
I have been drawing and painting all my life, so it was natural for me to become an illustrator or visual storyteller. I enjoy the creative challenge of the illustration brief and the diversity of illustration assignments – from Point-of-Sale to comics, posters to editorial illustrations, storyboards to theatrical backdrops. As a kid, I was fascinated by 3D Viewmaster stereo reels, and when 3D films like The Hobbit brought the technique back to cinema after fifty years, I started experimenting in old-school 3D Anaglyph Art, created primarily in Adobe Photoshop.
What have been some projects or briefs that you have enjoyed working on?
Recently, I’ve enjoyed illustrating a series of online ads for the Rydges Hotel chain, on a campaign focusing on the humorous experiences of Hotel guests confronted with the Special Guest-Sized features of other hotels. The illustrated posters were created in a subtle digital watercolour technique to give the scenarios a very human, personal warmth.
What is something that not many people know about you?
I have been studying Public Speaking with Humour for four years in Melbourne at the Humorversity, with the view to building a credible career as a speaker & motivator, using visual art to ignite a creative spark in people everywhere.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring one book, one song, one friend and eat one type of food, what would they be?
I think I would like to read the recipe book How to Cook & Eat Your Best Friend (The Musical). Seriously, I would get pretty bored of one of something very quickly.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on producing an animated documentary entitled Voices of the Holocaust – about Holocaust survivors. There are many in Australia. The concept, still in it’s early stages, features the true stories of six Holocaust survivors, presented in six different animated styles: from Stop-motion Clay-mation to digital. The stories are tied together with the motif of a child’s school case, as the children were commanded to pack their whole lives into a single bag, that they could carry with them to the concentration camps. The Holocaust is, of course, a horrific experience. However, my experience is on the spirits and hearts of these amazing children, as they survive a dark hell and tell us their stories today, to inspire us and move us with their resilience and strength and hope. Little voices from the past to remind us to be strong and never, ever lose hope.
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