Opera

Erick Oh (US)

Overview

Opera is a massive 8K size animation installation project that portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. This ambitious piece can be simply defined as a contemporary animated edition of the Renaissance fresco mural paintings. Driven by the spirits of Bosch, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and more, Erick enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life: it is hopeful, funny, thoughtful, yet scary and sad. This piece is not only a living piece of art but an invitation to question the mechanisms of your society and behavior. The universality of its message will move everyone’s heart and thoughts.

 

Director Statement

I first came up with this core idea and message in the year of 2017, which was filled with so many iconic political moments in our recent human history around the world. In January 2017, Donald Trump became the president of the US and a few months later in March, the South Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached. It was, indeed, a year of chaos and I had to tell a story that documents this part of humanity which actually has been repeating in human history numerous times, in different forms and cultures. This piece fearlessly touches upon diverse issues like racism, terrorism, religion, natural disasaters, war, education, the economy, and more in different parts and classes in our society. And in the end, I'd love to provide an opportunity for us to find ourselves in this piece. It may make you laugh, feel sad, or sometimes disturb you. But we all know that that's all part of our life and who we are. After all, the ultimate message I'd love to share with everyone is to learn from our past and grow to make our today better than yesterday, and make tomorrow brighter than today. I really hope this piece will touch everyone's heart and start the right discussion on the right topic.

Overview

Opera is a massive 8K size animation installation project that portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. This ambitious piece can be simply defined as a contemporary animated edition of the Renaissance fresco mural paintings. Driven by the spirits of Bosch, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and more, Erick enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life: it is hopeful, funny, thoughtful, yet scary and sad. This piece is not only a living piece of art but an invitation to question the mechanisms of your society and behavior. The universality of its message will move everyone’s heart and thoughts.

 

Director Statement

I first came up with this core idea and message in the year of 2017, which was filled with so many iconic political moments in our recent human history around the world. In January 2017, Donald Trump became the president of the US and a few months later in March, the South Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached. It was, indeed, a year of chaos and I had to tell a story that documents this part of humanity which actually has been repeating in human history numerous times, in different forms and cultures. This piece fearlessly touches upon diverse issues like racism, terrorism, religion, natural disasaters, war, education, the economy, and more in different parts and classes in our society. And in the end, I'd love to provide an opportunity for us to find ourselves in this piece. It may make you laugh, feel sad, or sometimes disturb you. But we all know that that's all part of our life and who we are. After all, the ultimate message I'd love to share with everyone is to learn from our past and grow to make our today better than yesterday, and make tomorrow brighter than today. I really hope this piece will touch everyone's heart and start the right discussion on the right topic.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=csVSKRtbqDo
opera.beastsandnatives.com/
www.instagram.com/operamundi2021/

Director: Erick Oh

Production and distribution: Beasts And Natives Alike

Art direction: Celine Qian You

Music and sound: Andrew Vernon

Effects and composition: Christopher Bernal

Pipeline lead: Toshihiro Nakamura

Additional Ar: Ruby Wang

Animation: Toshihiro Nakamura, Becky Roberts, Lucie Roberts, Hikari Toriumi, Lauren Adassovsky, Lucas Pacheco, Theresa Reyes, Youri Dekker, Nicolle Castro, Jiwon Han

Clean up animation: Yeonjung Kim, Hyunji Park, Myeongjun Kim, Sohyun Ahn, Jiwon Park, Sienna Seolah Rim, Ryan Eways

Early development producer: Sara Sampson

Early visual development: JJ Jaehee Song

Storyboard: Jeeyoon Park, Hyein Park

CG artist: Frank Tai, Cindy Jang

Additional design (logo and poster): Hyunji Kim

 

With support from: KOCCA (South Korea)

Erick Oh (KR/US) is a Korean filmmaker / artist based in California, USA. His films have been introduced and awarded at numerous film festivals including Academy Awards, Annie Awards, Annecy Animation Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, Anima Mundi, and more. With his background in fine arts from Seoul National University, Korea,  and in film at UCLA, USA, Erick was an animator at Pixar Animation Studios from 2010 to 2016. Erick then joined Tonko House with his fellow former Pixar artists and directed PIG : The Dam Keeper Poems, which won the Crystal Award at Annecy Animation Festival 2018.  Erick is currently working on a variety of projects with his partners in film/animation, VR/AR industry, and also the contemporary art scene in US and South Korea.

Erick Oh (KR/US) is a Korean filmmaker / artist based in California, USA. His films have been introduced and awarded at numerous film festivals including Academy Awards, Annie Awards, Annecy Animation Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, Anima Mundi, and more. With his background in fine arts from Seoul National University, Korea,  and in film at UCLA, USA, Erick was an animator at Pixar Animation Studios from 2010 to 2016. Erick then joined Tonko House with his fellow former Pixar artists and directed PIG : The Dam Keeper Poems, which won the Crystal Award at Annecy Animation Festival 2018.  Erick is currently working on a variety of projects with his partners in film/animation, VR/AR industry, and also the contemporary art scene in US and South Korea.