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Final Frontier and Le Cube Release ‘About Love & Balance’ Animated Short

The film intertwines art, illustration, and animation while navigating through complex emotions of love; also, the basis of Madrid-based Silk Gallery’s exhibition of the same name.  

Final Frontier and Le Cube have released a new animated short, About Love & Balance, that has also provided the foundation of an exhibition at Final Frontier’s Madrid-based Silk Gallery exploring the equilibrium between tenderness and strength as seen through the work of 13 graphic artists.

The film, which you can watch below, is a love letter to love itself, the relationship dynamics that span its origins, trials, and heartfelt conclusions. Through delicate choreography and the intertwining of art, illustration, and animation, the film navigates through this complex emotion.

“I lost myself thinking about all my past relationships and how often they have had their own structure: good, bad, loving, boring, passive, aggressive, energetic, and so on,” said Le Cube creative director Santiago Oddis. “Still, I found all of them have this common thread, balancing of emotions. That kept me going, and I started crafting this animation.”

The animation artfully explores the dance that unfolds between souls, interweaving visual motifs of affection and tenacity. It invites contemplation on the themes of both letting go and holding on, immersing the audience in an ever-changing, enchanting spectacle of animated artistry.

Oddis added, “I was not trying to send a specific message about love or balance but rather looking for people to get their own meaning from it, just like a good song would do. With that idea in mind, I wanted to play with this animation by using fragments of situations that can both evoke the subject and escape the traditional storytelling format.”

 “This was such a special project for all of us at Le Cube,” commented Le Cube executive producer Fer Soma. “Nowadays, relationships and the way we connect as humans have evolved so much. After the pandemic, it felt like a worthy message to bring to life how love can be expressed in so many different ways. It’s not always what we want it to be, it doesn’t have to be perfect or romanticized or stereotyped, as we’re used to seeing in the old movies. These relationships may work for a longer or shorter period of time, but self and collective love is the kind of relationship we as humans will experience for a lifetime. Sometimes a hug is all we need to make it through the day. Hopefully, this kind of love comes through and touches the audience.”

The exhibition’s opening coincided with Madrid Pride week. It features pieces by 13 artists with a background in animation, visualizing the challenges of finding symmetry in love. 

The film is produced by Final Frontier, directed by Santiago Oddis, with Agostina Carrera as assistant director. The executive producers are Fernanda Soma, Juanma Freire, and Gustavo Karam, with Sofia Arissian and Sofia Teodoro as line producers. Oddis also serves as art director and lead illustrator.

Watch About Love & Balance:

Source: Final Frontier

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.