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Al Bustan Festival 2017

Al Bustan Festival was founded in 1994, and has established in Lebanon a unique and unprecedented tradition of a music season in winter.
The founders wished to revive the cultural life of a country reemerging after seventeen years of war. With a predominance of chamber music, the Festival also includes opera, orchestral concerts, choral concerts, dance, marionettes and theater.
Yelo produced the trailer for this year's edition, animated by Chadi Aoun with the visuals of  Joseph Kai and the help of Lama G. Zouein for layout.

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SAMT(silence) Trailer

Written and Directed by Chadi Aoun
"Silence is the only sound in the city of Ghabra. Any form of expression is met by death.
SAMT is the introduction to a dysfunctional society that is about to implode."

SAMT is an animated short that raises the timely question of freedoms in the Arab world, and the repression thereof. It mainly deals with the topic of freedom of expression through movement. Whether it is the freedom of speech and ideas, or the freedom of being different and choosing a diverse path to the established status quo – SAMT touches on the wider reality of a rising Arab youth who have inherited decayed political, social, and economic systems, and who have found a way to express their voices through the recent uprisings that are still shaking the region in the hope of a better future.

Duration 15' min – color – 2016

Animation: Chadi Aoun

Production: Yelostudio – Afac

Sound Design: Tuneforks – Fadi Tabbal

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UNICEF – SOPs Standard Operating Procedures

Strengthening the Child Protection System in Lebanon was one of UNICEF Lebanon priority.
Since the dramatic research results in 2012, the team worked hard to create SOPs. A big progress.
What are the SOPs? The video gives an idea.

 

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Jamalouki Mag Ad

A short Animation we did for Jamalouki Magazine that goes online.
For once I show some of the sketches/animation rough.
A thing I do not do often; although I should…

 

 

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The CONTRACT – ILO

This project is an initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) tackling the issue of foreign domestic worker rights in Lebanon.

We had a lot to say about the subject (obviously), and we elaborated several concepts, with storyboards and character designs that did not see the light; sometimes too harsh,, too activist, too caricaturist;

No limits for creative minds. But it is a very delicate subject to treat as well.

The winner was "the contract story" that approaches the matter in a subtle yet ironic way.

Thank you for Kamal Hakim, Muhammad Moneimne, Chadi Aoun, and on an earlier stage, Joelle Achkar, Ghadi Ghosn and Jad Sarout.

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SAMT (Silence) – Work in progress

SAMT is my latest creation; it is an animated short that raises the timely question of freedoms in the Arab world, and the repression thereof. It mainly deals with the topic of freedom of expression through movement. Whether it is the freedom of speech and ideas, or the freedom of being different and choosing a diverse path to the established status quo – SAMT touches on the wider reality of a rising Arab youth who have inherited decayed political, social, and economic systems, and who have found a way to express their voices through the recent uprisings that are still shaking the region in the hope of a better future.

The city where the story takes place is called "Ghabra" which it the Arabic word for "Dust"

Here are some layouts of the city; it is a mixtures of different references I gathered from Beirut, Marrakesh, Damascus and Aleppo, Cairo and Jerusalem.

Ghabra City

SAMT can mean ‘silence’ in Arabic. But the richness of the Arabic language has a milder word for that, which could be ‘soukout’. Therefore, in the broader sense, SAMT takes a stronger meaning here, one of muteness, conveyed by the general absence of speech in the movie – and broken through a single sound to rise against it. It explores the absence of freedoms in a repressive system where there is no room for freedom of ideas, of movement, of choice, in a monochrome world where colors (differences) are prohibited.

Here is a sample of Ghabra city from the movie:

Ghabra at night Samt

Another nuance is that silence or ‘noiselessness’ can mean calm, peace and quiet. But SAMT is intended to portray the meaning of ‘silence’ as it is lived and experienced by the Arab youth: a perpetual censorship, be it formal or socially imposed. With retrospective, I realize that with SAMT I naturally treated a subject that conveyed a deeply rooted rebellion against a crippling system. SAMT was a direct result of how I perceived things, an expression of the plight that all of us living in the Arab world share to various degrees, and which became, unexpectedly so, headline news nowadays: The ‘Arab spring’ and the need for freedoms, expression being one of those freedoms, and so versatile.

A character preview from the short movie – the movie's opening and the presentation of the plot is conveyed through her… so for me she is quite an important character.Sahar

 

The protagonists in SAMT live in a bubble as well. Of course the metaphor, thank to the magic of animation, can be stretched to the edges of imagination. Without pointing fingers, it denounces a general and failed ecosystem, and carries a universal message. It is suitable for all ages, genders and backgrounds. It is silent in word, but dense in sound (effects and music) giving it a more universal touch. This little movie is a metaphor about freedoms of expression (music, movement etc.) and the acceptance of the different other (beyond mere diversity of creed) and a hymn to pluralism in the Arab world and the right to exist in those differences, with a pinch of “joie de vivre”.

 

As a last image for now, it is fair to introduce the Hero of the short movie "Leil", through whom the story unfolds.

Leil in heaven

SAMT is a work in progress short movie. Thanks to the help of AFAC, I am now able to finalize it;

Soon it will be out and running in festivals. Will be posting some more images later on!

Cheers for all animation lovers!!!

 

 

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UNICEF – Min Manzel ila Manzel

"Min Manzel ila Manzel" is a new awareness campaign against Polio disease that just reappeared in Lebanon.
Campaign created by Yelostudio and produced by UNICEF (Lebanon) in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Health.

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Unicef : Child protection system in Lebanon

Part of a large campaign, here is a short movie we produced for UNICEF summing up the challenges and opportunities that encounters a child at risk in Lebanon;
What is interesting here is, that UNICEF was the first organization to make such studies and get accurate numbers on Lebanese ground, let alone in the region.
The report they did is huge and detailed, so here is a tailored short movie that gives an overall simpler view on the matter.

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Grading the Lebanese Constitution

Ricardo Mbarkho has done it again: his latest initiative, dastooronline, explores our emotional and rational attitude towards our constitution by allowing anonymous people to rate each and every article of the said constitution. An overall rating is displayed on the header of the page, and several statistical data collations around help you to assess the relevance of the numbers better.

The more people will rate, the more this will get interesting, so go there and participate!

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shankaboot

Follow the adventures of Suleiman al Shankaboot on shankaboot.comShankaboot

Excellent web shorts by an extremely talented team…
Can't wait for the next episode!

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