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Brief Published: 19 Dec 2012

Tetsuka Niiyama: Hinode


Reflective shimmering geometrics mimicking the movements of the sea open this latest short computer-generated film from Japanese animator and director Tesuka Niiyama. As the film progresses, extraordinary sea creatures, coral and plant life appear, rendered from gemstone shapes and glassy crystalline structures. The gentle movements of these sea creatures are meticulously captured to imitate their real counterparts.

This captivating underwater world Niiyama has created is constantly changing throughout the film. Gleaming faceted blade systems representing seaweed morph into illuminations of iridescent colour, then finally into links of different gemstone shapes. Set against a black background, this amplifies the glimmering sealife he has created.

The creative industries’ curiosity with the natural world is further explored in the Stylus Spectrum Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Mineral rationale.

Teksuka Niiyama