Vitaly Grossmann and Alex Schlegel Flex Their “Joints”

3D artist Vitaly Grossmann: “Back in the day, Alex Schlegel and I studied at the same university. Despite the fact we work in the same industry and even for the same studios we never had the chance to realize a project together. Until now.

“The interesting and probably unusual part of this project is how we worked as a team to create six unique sculptures.

“The basic idea was simple: Create hanging mechanical sculptures. We created different elements and joined them together piece by piece. We asked ourselves how can we connect 3D elements so it doesn’t feel alien.

“At the beginning, each of us did a quick 10-minute sketch and gave the draft to the other. In turn, the other added details, then animation, cloth simulation, color, typography, and so on.

“We had to react to each other’s creations and connect the pieces like a puzzle that grew with every step.

“Another major part of this collaboration is the work of our friend and colleague Konstantin (aka Cadeu) who is responsible for the sound.

“The perfect mix of sound design and sonification (representation of certain physical characteristics of an object through sound) makes the sculptures real and alive.”

Director/animator: Vitaly Grossmann, Alex Schlegel

Sound: Cadeu (Konstantin Kazhev)

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