We knew Tom Haugomat through his participation in the exhibition “Endgame” at Kuvva Gallery last year. Tom’s illustration has a distinctive aesthetic featuring minimal shapes formed by soft, complementary colours. He was fascinated with drawing and its narrative potential at an early age. After one year studying history of art and archaeology, Tom began his artistic path. It was at GOBELINS school that he realised a passion for motion pictures. There he met Bruno Mangyoku, a talented cartoonist, and together they made wonderful animated shorts with mixing techniques.
Here we’d like to introduce two amazing short films and two teasers by the duo. Curl up comfortably in your bed or couch for maximum enjoyment.
If you love the film “Drive”, you’ll enjoy this brilliant tribute. Using the elementary colour scheme of red, blue and yellow, Tom and Bruno managed to expand them to an incredible depth. Every shade and shape contrasts as well as complements each other greatly. Each frame can be printed out and hung on a wall forever.
“Jean-François” (2009) is a poetic story about a champion swimmer with the same name. Although the narrative runs back and forth between two different points of view, “Jean-François” as an adult and as a kid, the animation is able to blend these two seamlessly and beautifully. The subtle juxtaposition of the past and present version of diverse elements in “Jean-François”‘ life creates an incredibly intimate tone for the short. It was received the “Jean Luc Xiberras de la première oeuvre” award in Annecy Festival 2010.
This is only a teaser of “LE MEURTRE”. The short is like a modern take on a fairy tale between a shepherd, his sheep and the wolf. Again, every frame is so gorgeously composed that I automatically pause my brain to save the image longer in my mind while the animation keeps playing. Simply stunning.
The teaser of “Nuisible” tells a slice of Klaus’ life. As a reserved child, he had a silent life till supernatural ghost arrived to turn his life upside down. Amazingly narrated with a killer suspense.
This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.