In the course of daily life on-line today I found “Paths of Hate”, an animated short film by Damian Nenow. Nenow is a Polish creator who works for the Platige Image company in Warsaw, a large studio which produces graphics, 3D art and digital special effects. According the info page on this particular film, “Paths of Hate” (2010) was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination, received a Special Distinction at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and was honored at Comic-Con. It also received the Best of Show award at the 2011 SIGGRAPH festival.
I think overall that it’s an amazing work of art, although I have to admit that I really hated the pop music inserted at the end of it. It distracted me from the animation at the worst moment, when the point of the imagery was at its most lucid, and the director was making his final point about the nature of hatred, and the nature of hell.
This serious and thoughtful bent to Nenow’s work and his powerful, spiritually charged images appear even in a 30 second short, like this brief ad spot, “Hunger is a Tyrant”.
And the same commitment to serious subject matter and political issues looks to be followed up in his first feature film, “Another Day of Life”, based on the book by the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. I’m actually very grateful to have stumbled across Ryszard Kapuściński’s books this way, many of which have been translated into English. They look absolutely amazing, and I think this film is going to be amazing too….although obviously it won’t be light viewing.
Like many animators, Damian Nenow also has a lighter side, however. One of his early efforts in 3D, “The Great Escape”, is probably just the palate cleanser you need to get back to your day.