If you’d have asked me last week whether I would see Raising Helen on opening night, I’d have given you a puzzled look and maybe said something about looking forward to Harry Potter. But that was before I realized that the short film Lorenzo will be shown before that new Kate Hudson flick.

Lorenzo makes extensive use of computers but is still a traditionally animated film. I was immediately captured by the visuals of this film since I first saw stills and clips from it. In the age of Pepsi commercials, trailers, and “The Twenty”, theatrical short films are all but dead. I jump at the chance to see one, especially one as visually innovative as Lorenzo.

A technical summary of the animation process for Lorenzo can be found in this PDF from a Siggraph lecture. Also check out this article from VFXWorld.