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06 June 2004, 12:35 AM
Hi all,

I've just posted a cool short film, "Pfffirate" by Guillaume Herent and Xavier Andre from Supinfocom, now working professionally at Vanguard and Buf Campagnie, respectively. I met Guillaume at the 3D Festival and spoke to him about the making of the short film.

>> Read about the short film, and watch it on CGNetworks << ( (



06 June 2004, 12:40 AM
Stunning short, great article! Thanks! :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 12:41 AM
Very nice. Design, animation, lighting, and materials are all top notch.

06 June 2004, 12:44 AM
i really dig the style!

all the characters have that bouncy ( :bounce: )feel that really gives weight to the idea of the anim!

my greatest compliments!!

(p.s. Xavier, passe mon bonjour a' Laurent Panissier ;) )

06 June 2004, 12:47 AM
very good, i like the stile,
characters are great

06 June 2004, 12:49 AM
As everyone has said this short is absolutely amazing. Great Story, Unique style and also funny!

Thanks :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 12:49 AM
Makes me wanna blow bubblewarps :wip:

06 June 2004, 12:51 AM
funny and wholesome
I forgot about the rest of the world for that short time!
I wish I could watch more of his (mis)adventures!

06 June 2004, 12:52 AM
very awesome... I havn't read the article yet but I am already in love with it.

06 June 2004, 01:32 AM
Haha, That whole thing was tempting. made me want to take a pin and .. yeah.

i liked that cannon

06 June 2004, 01:58 AM
Every time I watch it I wonder why on earth they haven't made it into a children's book yet. Great story and totally awesome illustrations. :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 02:03 AM
Awesome work guys - a true inspiration to all of us other students out there.

06 June 2004, 02:13 AM

06 June 2004, 02:30 AM
I can't add much to what everyone else has said. So I'll just repeat. Amazing, stunning, original, etc..

06 June 2004, 02:40 AM

great STUFF

06 June 2004, 02:44 AM
Man, that's too much. Funny stuff.

06 June 2004, 03:00 AM
Wow this is great!
The pump-action cannon had me laughing for ages.

06 June 2004, 03:01 AM
Crazy story :wip:
Nice modeling (you can really feel the plastic)

awesome work !! :bowdown:

:surprised :buttrock: :beer:

06 June 2004, 03:01 AM

That was great guys!!!

But one thing that I didn't like was the bird when he was being shot at. Understandable cause of time constraints, but it would have been better had he been animated.

But oh man, this one had me laughing the whole way, beautiful work guys!!! :applause: :applause: :applause: :cool: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 03:12 AM
Originally posted by ???
Makes me wanna blow bubblewarps :wip:


06 June 2004, 03:55 AM
I loved the look and feel of everything in this short. It all looked very 'squishy' and soft. The sound design was excellent as well, everything has that rubber sound to it.

the sparky
06 June 2004, 04:11 AM
I loved it. Those rats made me laugh.

I wanted to save it (I keep shorts that inspire me on my HD) but couldn't. Is it protected (I saw that you have to be a member here to get it), or is it just my computer?

06 June 2004, 04:11 AM
Very original personal work. This short seems professional quality, all is very "clean".

I suggest you to creat short movies like this one for TV :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 04:35 AM
Really top quality production (other than the bird when being attacked, mentioned earlier in this thread and the article).

Very inspiring to learn that both these talented people received jobs after the short.

Thanks for sharing the article/short with us.


06 June 2004, 05:39 AM
superb.... :bounce: :bowdown: ... unique style

06 June 2004, 06:50 AM
both concept design and the overall way it was carried out .

refreshing work!

06 June 2004, 06:51 AM
really Awesome! :applause: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:02 AM
Originally posted by the sparky
I loved it. Those rats made me laugh.

I wanted to save it (I keep shorts that inspire me on my HD) but couldn't. Is it protected (I saw that you have to be a member here to get it), or is it just my computer?
Nah not your computer, just look in the source of the page. You can save it to your HD :).

06 June 2004, 07:17 AM
absolutely ingenious and well done.

great idea make the difference. (not great polygon number)

06 June 2004, 07:19 AM
Yay! Great idea! Great art work! Great design!

It's really like me this short! Amazing!



06 June 2004, 07:32 AM
Absolutely stunning work

06 June 2004, 07:47 AM
Film is really good, SUPINFOCOM's students are pretty talanted. last year the winner was "Tin Toy", also from SUPINFOCOM, as far as I remember. This is cool, really cool! Congratulations!


Andrew W
06 June 2004, 08:10 AM
When I was in the middle of production hell a few weeks ago I came across this film. I must have watched it about 15 times in a day, so I can vouch for its therapeutic quality! It's so refreshing in a very6 cynical world to watch a film as charming and unpretentious as this. Everything is so beautifully judged and the secret of good comedy is of course in the....

Absolutely loved it.


06 June 2004, 09:17 AM
Great stuff - i love it :applause: ! It reminds me of Monkey Island, which is still my favorite game ! Hope to see more films like that !

06 June 2004, 09:29 AM
Great stuff! The blowing up of the boat in the beginning was an inspired way to open the piece, and the ending was very funny.

Congrats :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 10:13 AM
Cute and fun,and oh yes i'll say it again,soooooo cute.:bounce:

06 June 2004, 10:40 AM
This is so original, the characters are so good, i cant stop laughing. :applause:

06 June 2004, 10:59 AM
saw this short at the anima festival here in brussels and voted for it - I would vote it aggain

06 June 2004, 11:14 AM
That is SUCH a great idea! Incredible animation! Pixar, watch out!

06 June 2004, 11:14 AM
Saw this at '3D Festival' Awards in Copenhagen - What a delightful breath of 'pffresh-air' it was as well :)

Many congrats to Guillaume and Xavier on a superbly executed and original concept :applause:


Kel Solaar
06 June 2004, 11:20 AM
Excellent :):buttrock: :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 11:30 AM
nice~~~~~ good render funny story.... :bounce:

06 June 2004, 11:42 AM
I love that little film. Fantastic work. The story's style as well as the music remind me of Pixar's Knick Knack. Thanks Leonard for your post. :thumbsup:



06 June 2004, 01:07 PM
Shiver me timbers, that's awsome...

very nice modeling and great animating, the style reminds me of the Monkey Island series (the clouds, the style of the ship)

06 June 2004, 01:17 PM
This guy has a hell lot of talent in all aspects of CG animation AND directing. I'm speechless. :surprised By far the best short i've seen in cgnetworks the last couple of years.
Apparently thats what you have to do to get a job these days. :hmm:

06 June 2004, 03:14 PM
nice work guys
dont understand the strobe effect when the bir is escaping those cannonninflatable balls

06 June 2004, 03:27 PM
Oh men!!
just amazing short and style...I like it!!



06 June 2004, 03:58 PM
By FAR the best animated short i have ever on CGNETWORKS.

The renders are beautiful.
The animation is fun.
The models are excellent.

06 June 2004, 04:13 PM
Very Cool! ARRRRG :argh:

06 June 2004, 04:35 PM
Great work!:thumbsup:
From story to QT. Fantastic!

06 June 2004, 06:22 PM
wow,realy great,funny and very good made animation.i like the concept and the style a lot.

the captain animation was perfect,it was exactly what it should be.:applause: :applause: :bounce:

06 June 2004, 06:58 PM
absolutelly fantastic :D
very funny. the idea of the blow-upable ship and the style are great. very nice story. I enjoyed it a lot :applause:

06 June 2004, 07:00 PM

is it possible to download the movie to my computer? i want to keep it

06 June 2004, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by SpiritWalker

is it possible to download the movie to my computer? i want to keep it

just copy it from your local temp internet files folder

06 June 2004, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by the sparky
I loved it. Those rats made me laugh.

I wanted to save it (I keep shorts that inspire me on my HD) but couldn't. Is it protected (I saw that you have to be a member here to get it), or is it just my computer?

Just go to their site click on the mouse and download the movie into WMP9 and then under file click save media as and you can save it to your HD or just do what others have said and look in your temp folder.

06 June 2004, 09:45 PM
I saw this a while back. its reallly Good, the only thing i dont like about it is when hes shooting the cannon balls at the bird... way to static. but none the less very well done and awsomely entertaintastic.. my new word of the day
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:


06 June 2004, 09:56 PM
That is all just fantastic!

The design touches on all of the items (plastic seams, vales...etc.) are absolutely wonderful...

I'm also going to say that the 'snapping' position of the bird as it avoids the cannon balls didn't quite work for me, but that's a tiny personal niggle in what is a truly superb short!


06 June 2004, 12:15 AM
Fantastic Short. Beautiful animation. Deserves all the praise and recognition it has received.

The whole concept is brilliant and allows the story to flow. I agree with the comments about the static shots of the bird. The scene is also too long and would have worked better if the pirate fired the initial shot and then the barrage of shots without having to re-iterate the joke.

I would also like to have seen more emphasis when the bird hits the ship, I happened to miss it on the first viewing.

I like the way they used halftone print shading on the surface of the plastic inflatables and the Flash based effects.

Do you think the bird burst the sea after he popped the pirate?

Has anyone e-mailed the guy's to tell them their short is being discussed on the CG Talk forum?


06 June 2004, 01:31 AM
Absolutely wonderful film :) Great story, such an original style - a fantastic piece of work!

06 June 2004, 05:26 AM
Yes a very cool short,wish it was a "long",it was that good.:buttrock: :bounce:

06 June 2004, 09:30 AM
:applause: Haha this is so amazing! Great movie, great characters, and the rats are as always the greatest! :D

06 June 2004, 09:42 AM
Outstanding character design.

I love it when the story and the 'look' meet.



06 June 2004, 09:44 AM
wonderful movie.
i really enjoyed the design and the plastic look on everything. the mice are my personal favourites.

i personally wouldn't have used these static images in that scene where the mechanical bird evades the cannonballs.
kinda weird, especially when he "jumps" back to life after the last ball.

anyway, great movie.

06 June 2004, 11:32 AM
i think the bird is static just cause they had very tight time constraints in the end... the effect don't look intended at all, the whole movie shows that they would have been able to do it! but I don't know for sure...

06 June 2004, 01:49 PM
I think the static images were supposed to show something similar to the agent avoiding the bullets on the rooftop on The Matrix movie. But i also agree, probably due to time constrains they couldn't find a better way to visualise this part.

06 June 2004, 01:52 PM
brilliant! I love it.

06 June 2004, 02:36 PM
Finally, something fresh! I really enjoyed watching this flick, great job!

06 June 2004, 03:02 PM
:cry: There's a broken poly! :cry:

But, all my respect for the people that made this short film :bowdown:

06 June 2004, 03:22 PM
really nice short film. i´ve enjoyed to see this great piece of work!


06 June 2004, 04:16 PM
Very nice:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:11 PM
Funny movie. The characters are very cute. :applause:

06 June 2004, 08:49 PM
First off this is amazing short!

Why was the parrot was frozen in air when the canons ball were flying past?

Was this an artistic choice?

All of the animators here were all glued to the scene, wishing that this was our demoreal, then when the parrot just froze, it really took us out of what was a otherwise very provocative piece.

Beautiful Work!!

06 June 2004, 10:13 PM
Stunning...! I really like your great work with a perfect story... wonderful motion timing... and the nice lighting.

And congratulations for winning the first prize for student animation.... I was present in the room when you won the prize. Good work....! As a fellow 3ds maxer I envy your animation skills... :)

06 June 2004, 11:42 PM
I usually have no lack of words but all I can think to say this time is wow, cool and awesome! My kids got a laugh out of it too, -though they gave me a strange look with the patch on the breast thing. ;)

06 June 2004, 11:52 PM
very inspirational!

thanks for posting this!


06 June 2004, 07:05 AM
Once again I must write some post, bcoz, Your work i really good! Especially liked me moment when captain to cork air-pocket on mermaind, then mermaind waiting with disgusting grimace, realy cool animation work. And sound great too!



06 June 2004, 08:24 AM
Awesome, funny, and inspiring! .. Makes me wish I had taken my 3d classes a bit more seriously. :|


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