Many years ago when I worked in advertising, one of the film production houses in Melbourne had Rodin's "The Kiss" printed faintly on it's film cans. I then used the statue as a base for a woman's bra commercial.
I always wondered what it would be like to pose for such a piece of artwork. How the models would feel, how long it might take.
Over his career Rodin did many forms of each of his sculptures - Rodin preferred his models to move naturally around his studio (despite their nakedness). The sculptor often made quick sketches in clay that were later fine-tuned, cast in plaster, and forged into bronze or carved in marble. Rodin's focus was on the handling of clay.
Rodin's actual studio - Looks just like the one in the film
Quotes by Rodin
"I choose a bit of marble and chop off what I don't need."
"Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages."
"What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes."
George Bernard Shaw wrote:
"While he worked, he achieved a number of miracles. At the end of the first fifteen minutes, after having given a simple idea of the human form to the block of clay, he produced by the action of his thumb a bust so living that I would have taken it away with me to relieve the sculptor of any further work."
I've always loved sculpture and doing life drawing. I see no harm, but only beauty in the human form, so I wondered if that was how Rodin saw the world.
So the idea for a short computer animated film was born.
Using Modo for 3D modelling and Poser for animating, it's been a four year labour of love.
I've been asked why some characters have clothes on - well, they are the ones that would need protective clothing, waiters, motorbike riders and Rodin.
Of course all children have clothes!