AL Dente

 


 

Taking place in a colorful and musical universe, "Al Dente" is a short film which tells us the story of a little street girl discovering the magic and the dangers of an ogre's kitchen.
This was the official website.
Content is from the site's 2007 archived pages and other outside relevant sources.

Year: 2007
Country: France

Director: Jean-François Barthélémy,  Maël François,  Carlos Felipe León Ortiz
Screenwriter: Jean-François Barthélémy, Maël François, Carlos Felipe León Ortiz
Music: Mathieu Alvado
Cast: Animation
Genre: Animation. Fantasy. Comedy | Cooking. Short Film (Animated)

 



"Al Dente" short film
Taking place in a colorful and musical universe, "Al Dente" is a short film which tells us the story of a little street girl discovering the magic and the dangers of an ogre's kitchen.

A full moon hovered above the old Italian village as a hungry girl was scavenging for some food scraps in a dirty dumpster in an alley. First she seemed happy to find a sardine can, but it was empty. Then she saw the tail of a fish but she pulled out only a bare bone. Her stomach started to growl louder and louder. It was very cool and her scarf and coat did not give her enough warmth. She was cleaning her wet nose with the sleeve when she heard a man singing an aria from an unintelligible opera. It was like a call she could not resist and had to follow.Written by Jorge Villegas

Taking place in a colorful and musical universe, "Al Dente" is a short film which tells us the story of a little street girl discovering the magic and the dangers of an ogre's kitchen.

Al Dente was a student graduation project for Supinfocom, France, and was directed by Jean-François Barthelemy, Maël François et Carlos Felipe Leon Ortiz. You can learn a bit more about us and our work on this project.
Through this website you will be able to watch the >movie and its making-of, and check the >gallery which contains some artworks and production material.
We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we loved making it and please feel free to send us your feedback on this project.

 

A short movie directed by :

Jean-François Barthélémy

environment design, character design, matte painting, animation, rigging, textures, sound effects, editing.

"When we first decided to form a team to work on "Al Dente", we more or less knew the fields that we wanted to work on. The fact that we were able to work well as a team while trying to make the best possible film allowed each of us to have a lot of fun working on what we liked. I think we managed to create a film that represents us well.
Thanks to this experience, I have been able to work as an animator and character designer after graduating from school. I hope I will be able to improve as much as I can both in animation and character design, and I would also very much like to work with my old colleagues again".
J.B.

 

Maël François

modeling, shading, skinning, script and pipeline, lighting, rendering, compositing, editing.

"Al Dente was a amazing experience, and every part of it was conceived and realised by the three of us. I loved to work with both Carlos and Jean-François and as we were really complementary in our fields we were able to be very efficient and always managed to find a solution for every problem which pleased to everybody.
We really wanted to have a colorful, joyful and beautiful movie which would be driven by the images, the characters and the story. We didn't wanted to create a huge technical show-off and I think that we managed to achived this goal.
Again, this project was an amazing experience, and now that I am working in the VFX industry I am looking forward to working with Carlos and Jean-François again."
M.F.

 

Carlos Felipe Leon Ortiz

environment design, character design, matte painting, animation, rigging, textures, editing.

"Working on "Al Dente" was an incredible experience. We banged our heads against walls getting ideas during scriptwriting and hardly got any sleep for weeks during crunchtime.
As demanding as it was, I absolutely loved working on this project. It was just fun, crazy and colorful, but at the same time it was a great learning experience; I feel lucky to have been surrounded by very talented and extremely motivated people in my class.
 
I know we tried to do our very best and I hope that people enjoy watching the film, in the end that's what it's all about."
C.F.

 

 

Music written and directed by :

Mathieu Alvado

"Al Dente" is a composer's dream. The film gives music great importance (the ogre's aria guides the little peasant girl), it has very rich visuals and above all three talented filmakers, open to discussion and new ideas. When Jean-François, Mael and Carlos asked me if I would like to compose the score for "Al Dente", I was inmediately seduced by the world they were creating. We talked a lot about what they had in mind music-wise, and it seemed obvious to me that such an ambicious project would require a complex organization: an orchestra, sound engineers, an opera singer, and a few recording studios. I cannot thank enough everyone who was voluntarily involved with the recording, and Benoit Navarret in particular, whose advice and committment were crucial to the project.
In the end, composing the music was the easiest part! I hope that films like "Al Dente" will motivate other filmakers to develop original and lively musical scores. Working on this team was a great pleasure ever since the first meetings that we had until the end of sound mixing. Every composer should get the chance to work on a project like this."
M

 

 

The first part of this gallery is dedicaced to the movie itself, from its poster to some images from different sequences.

Al Dente
movie images

 
 

Before starting the film production we spend some time using the storyboard as a base to define the overall look and colors of the movie.

production
story board / color keying

 
 

The pre-production stage saw a lot of drawings and paintings being made to bring the characters and the images to life. You can see here some of the artworks produced during these months.

artworks
sketches / inspirational artwork

 
 
 

 

 

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