In “Much Better Now”, the main character is a bookmark, stuck in a forgotten book, caught in a life marked by standstill in a deserted room. One day wind knocks over the book and blows the bookmark onto the table, separating them. Unfolding hands and feet, the bookmark is swept back into the pages that turn into ocean waves and the two are reunited for a journey. With a surfboard it experiences its environment in a new way – wipe-outs, washouts and nosedives connect the hero to the ocean. The bookmark enjoys the ride of its life.
We are Salon Alpin. We are located in Lisbon and Vienna and over one year we developed a simple idea into a 5 minutes mixed-media short film. We pushed our limits in pre-production, storytelling, stop-motion, live-action, character design, 3D animation and many other fields by combining our knowledge from commercial motion-design and visual art for a story worth to be told. No budget and semi-professional environment did not limit rather than feed our creativity.
It was a lot of work, it was one big experiment and it was fun. We wanted to fuse techniques like stop motion, live action and computer generated images to seamless movie. Every technique influenced the look and feel of the film and also the storytelling. And of course the production shaped our lives.
WE THANK ALL WHO SUPPORTED AND HELPED US ON THIS JOURNEY!