Paul Lacolley is an animator and illustrator from Paris, France. He is a member of the animation collective CRCR. Which is comprised of fellow Gobelins graduates Rémi Bastie, Nicolas Dehghani, Kévin Manach, Nicolas Pegon, and Jérémy Pires. If you have an outstanding memory, you will remember in 2012 we featured CRCR’s short animation for Amnesty International called Break The Law Of Silence.
Another couple animations that Lacolley has worked of note is an opening for the Annecy Animation Festival 2010, Junk Space. Created whilst in his second year at Gobelins, it is a beautifully executed short of a man smashing things up with a bat. The second, and possibly my favourite, is Les chiens isolés. The style and pallette compliment the story’s mood and pacing. I appreciate how the colour tones gradually get darker each scene until it’s climax. The characters are well fleshed out and create convincing internal and external conflict. The short was a 2012 finalist for the Animation Vimeo Awards.
Lacolley’s solo work has a very “real” feel. Characters stand rigidly in foreboding settings. They exude emotions, although often through an intensinsely pensive stare. A combination of lighting and composition assistant his atmospheric illustrations in looking as if they are a screen-shot from a film.