I just bumped into this very impressive animated short from Disney that is called “Paperman” – it was drawn by humans but animated with computers.

It has nothing to do with HDSLRs but has everything to do with storytelling, moviemaking, and sound – the soundtrack on this is equally amazing. There’s no dialog so everything is told thru sound and music.

Disney has included a couple of quick behind the scenes videos which you can see after the jump.

A scene from “Paperman” from Disney


Story behind the story

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

Behind the scenes

Paperclip: The Idea

Paperclip: The Look

Paperclip: The Drawings

Just feels good

This was just a great short story that struck me – and so I wanted to share it with you.

Have you had a moment where you saw someone you were incredibly attracted to and then were split up – but you wish you’d found out who they were? I know I have! But I never got to meet them again like in this story

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)