6 June 2011

Google may impress with their HTML5 memory-demanding videoclips made for Chrome(experiments), but there’s nothing like a good animated interactive video. If it’s backed by the Canadian National Film board then we can expect to be amazed and transported. Where? For you to find out!

Vincent Morisset’s BLA BLA is an interactive tale that explores the fundamental principles of human communication. The viewer makes the story possible: without him or her, the characters remain inert, waiting for the next interaction. The spectator clicks, plays and searches through the simple, uncluttered scenes, truly driving the experience (there’s more than one single click believe us, you should try & explore the different angles and actions the screen provides).

Each of the six chapters in the story depicts a different aspect of communication: learning a language, making small talk, expressing emotions, etc. Rich in opportunities for discovery, BLA BLA illustrates these concepts through endearing yet perplexing characters. The figures were designed by Caroline Robert using a variety of techniques, both traditional and hi-tech.

the team: Hugues Sweeney (production), Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit(programming), Vincent Morisset (direction), Caroline Robert (visual), Philippe Lambert (sound)

The project really attempts to get some kind of emotional response from us (viewers, interactive players). “I wanted to create moods and generate emotions through an interactive piece,” Morriset says. “It’s quite hard to do dramatic crescendos on a website… I thought it would be an interesting challenge.”

Now it’s up to you to decide the level and type of feelings when crossing to the puppet side. Enjoy!

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