On The Cusp, Longlist - Animation
Shortlist - Animation
Winner - Gold

Odesza, Light of Day

Balazs Simon


I was fascinated by the idea of this very old character who gets rejuvenated in a sense during his struggle to experience something magical. This film is about focusing on the values of life, and not giving in to the pressures we face each day. I wanted to harness the immersive qualities of 3D animation, but also make it more painterly than usual. The result is a mixture of hand-painted backgrounds, in camera effects, motion capture and tens of thousands of algorithmic brush strokes in each frame!

Balázs has a great body of work which speaks the language of cinema and has a deep understanding of how to create a feeling through film craft, both in camera and VFX.