SUMER – 3D Animation Short-Film by Alvaro Garcia
For unknown reasons, the Earth’s ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century, resulting in the collapse of the entire ecosystem. Earth has become an increasingly hostile and uninhabitable place and with no shield to protect it, it is at the full mercy of meteors.
All animal and plant species perished decades ago. All that remains is one small group of humans who attempt to resist the hostility and hardness of the external environment from SUMER, the last hive city in the world, which has been specifically designed to keep the population alive through oxygen supply systems.
The media manipulates the available information in a manner that is purposely designed to keep people obsessed on the potential of the space exodus, letting any hope of prevailing on earth go.
A young boy, Hermes, lives alone in a compartment, the property of the government, which is located close to the wall that delimits the city, an area that is highly guarded by the SSW (SUMER Security Watchers).
While observing the desert from the roof of a building, Hermes suddenly sees something that grabs his attention…
SUMER was originally a master degree final project. However, over time the project evolved into a much bigger and more challenging personal project. Production on SUMER started in Barcelona and was completed in London, but also involved the work of many artists from other parts of Europe.
In October 2014, SUMER started to be screened internationally throughout the festival circuit. It has been officially selected by more than 50 festivals, including the “Cleveland International Film Festival”, which is an Academy Qualifying Festival, and the prestigious “New Port Beach Film Festival”. Furthermore, SUMER has won 14 Festivals: Irvine Film Festival and Phoenix Comicon, among others.
SUMER is a small story within a much bigger one. In this ten-minute film we want to share with you just the tip of the iceberg of what SUMER could become.
Alvaro Garcia is a Spanish VFX artist and director of SUMER. In November 2011 he commenced work on SUMER, his first animation project, which he completed in September 2014. He currently lives in London, where he works at MPC as Layout and Technical Animator artist in the film industry.
Directed, Written, Edited And Produced: Alvaro Garcia
Concept Artists; Iker Paz, Laura Ortega Lacasa
Layout / Storyboard: Álvaro García
Technical Supervisor: David F. Barruz
Modeling Lead: Laura Ortega Lacasa
Modeling supervisor: Álvaro García
Modeling/Texturing Artists: Alvaro Garcia, Laura Ortega Lacasa, David F. Barruz, Pablo M. Bravo
Rigging and Animation: Alvaro Garcia
Motion Capture Td: Meritxell Aragones Caparros, Mariana Goncalves Maciel Pinheiro, David Clapes Perello.
Simulation TD: Alvaro Garcia, Ivan Suarez
Lighting And Shading: Alvaro Garcia
Post- Production: Alvaro Garcia
Sound Design: Jorge Pablo Polo
Voice Cast: Sara Rioja, Judson Vaughan, Pedro Caxade
Music: Dewolfe Music
Credits Music: Roughberry “GAS” – Sara Rioja