The Cathedral

Katedra, 2002, 6 min.

The Cathedral (2002)

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Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Short Film

 Siggraph 2002 in San Antonio
Best Animated Short


Director Tomek Bagiński
Animation Tomek Bagiński based on the novel by Jacek Dukaj

Created between winter 1999 and spring 2002. Animated and rendered in 3dsmax, painted in Photoshop, composited in After Effects and edited in Avid|DS. Short was rendered and composited in 2K for 35mm film.

Short, poetic film based on the Jacek Dukaj’s novel, created by Tomek Bagiński and produced by Platige Image. Story of a pilgrim who come to the Cathedral on the border of the known world. He wants to find the answers. He finds calmness.

“… The reds, yellows, and blues of Madeleine shine like dawn through the ribs of the Cathedral, everything here is either in shadow or painted with viscous colors. I’ll sit, I’ll quiet my heart. I thought that it would be mainly fear, an animal terror, but I feel only regret now, a great, motionless, heavy regret, the squeezing weight of dark water. No thoughts, no instructions for the body, even my eyes are dry. There is only a little tightening in my chest. But why speak, silence is better …”