The Monk and The Monkey

8 August 2012


There comes a time in the life of every young novice when they must perform a task which will judge whether or not they are ready to become a fully fledged monk.  So it is with Ragu, who is given a task by his master which, on the face of it, seems straightforward.  However, the task itself will test his judgement to the limit - and his decision will lead either to failiure or success.

This beautifully crafted animation by Brendan Carroll and Francesco Giroldini is such a sophisticated piece of animation that it belies the fact that they created it as part of their degree at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. As I watched this I honestly expected it to have been produced by a professional studio and was surprised when I discovered it was a piece of work by two undergraduates.  That sounds, on reflection - a little patronising (which isn't the intention) - it is simply a measure of how professional this animation is, from start to finish.

It shouldn't have been too much of a suprise, really.  Ringling College has a superb reputation and is known as one of the best and innovative visual arts colleges in the US.  As well as leading the use of technology in the arts, Ringling balances a traditional artistic training curriculum side by side with technological innovations and career preparedness.  It almost makes me want to give up my day job and become a student again!

Expect to see great things from Messrs Carroll and Giroldini in the future!


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