Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday Wonder: Animator Joaquin Baldwin

I recently came across a charming animation, The Windmill Farmer, by the award-winning and "mostly self-taught" Joaquin Baldwin, a director and animator from Paraguay who now lives in Los Angeles. According to the information accompanying the short, Baldwin spent four months on the film, which he created at UCLA Animation Workshop. He added a lovely original score by Nick Fevola. Take a look. I think you'll agree his more than 100 international honors are well-deserved.

The Windmill Farmer from Joaquin Baldwin on Vimeo.

Seeing The Windmill Farmer prompted me to look up Baldwin's work, and I found other shorts on Vimeo and Baldwin's Website, including Sebastian's Voodoo, a 3-D animation that took 10 months to make. I think it is both compelling and moving to watch.

Sebastian's Voodoo from Joaquin Baldwin on Vimeo.

Films by Joaquin Baldwin at Pixel Nitrate

IMDB Page for Joaquin Baldwin

Joaquin Baldwin Blog

Joaquin Baldwin on FaceBook and Twitter

Interview with Joaquin Baldwin at It's Art Magazine (Baldwin discusses here how he makes his films.)


Helen Smith said...

Maureen, those animations are beautiful. Thanks for finding them and sharing them.


M.L. Gallagher said...

Stunningly beautiful.

I ached when he walked back into his home, his body bowed over. And danced with him at his jubliation of spring.

Thanks so much Maureen for sharing this wondrous gem.

A lovely Christmas gift!

Joyceann Wycoff said...

Great find ... I'm passing it along.

Kathleen Overby said...

This made me blubber. Twice. Before coffee. I can hardly see to write.

Hannah Stephenson said...

So beautiful!! Thank you very much for sharing this one.

A very happy holiday to you, too, Maureen!!

Anonymous said...

i didn't realize that windmills had that many seeds. who knew!?

it seems that way around here, the way they are popping up and growing in the columbia george.

Laura said...

Oh, Maureen, that windmill farmer just spoke to my spirit tonight. The things we plant that seem not to come to fruition...

I needed this lovely short tonight. Thank you.

A. Jay Adler said...

Am I glad I worked my way back to this post. What gems of artistry. Both have the attention to detail and essential expression of good poetry. A unique vision.