19 Peel Street

 

Stephan Kozak is an award-winning animator/technical director living in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Toronto and an Art and Art History diploma from Sheridan College. After completing a Maya training course, he continued on to become an animation instructor at the University of Toronto. Currently he is an animator/technical director at Alliance Atlantis in Toronto. Stephan also teaches animation classes part time at the Academy of Design.

Nineteen Peel Street began as a student project while studying animation at the University of Toronto. Being his first animated short, Nineteen Peel Street is a culmination of his initial experience with animation software. It is a story about imagination. The viewer is entertained with two notions: one of reality, the other of fantasy. Despite their inherent differences, these conceptions share common boundaries within the mind of a child. Peel Street, being a part of Stephan’s past, exists in a small suburban town just outside Toronto. It explores the importance of time and captures personal moments of childhood. Reflecting on these moments throughout our lives not only tells us where we are from, but who we really are.

Notes:
Peel Street is the street Stephan grew up on.
Environments (houses, rooms, the family car, crib, rocking chair) were drawn from photographs and recollections of his past.
Family photos (important dates and events) are framed along the walls at the end of the film.

Alias/Wavefront's Maya animation package was used for modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering; Adobe After Effects and Alias/Wavefront's Composer for compositing.

Original concept, story, animation, final design: Stephan Kozak
Music composed and performed by Big Honkin Spaceship.

Click on thumbnails to the left to view large stills from the film.

Click here to view “19 Peel Street” Quicktime movie:

 

Note: This is a beautiful work. Please take the time, if you can, to download the large version, as the small does not do the film justice. All efforts were made to preserve the integrity of the soundtrack in both versions, however, there is some significant image degradation in compressing a 211-megabyte movie into 5.4 megs!

Also, click here for information about a compatibility issue with Windows.

Stephan Kozak can be reached at: stephankozak@canada.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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