Opera inspired animations: Central St Martins and ENO

ENO has an ongoing collaboration with Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design (University of the Arts, London).

The Autumn Term module for 2nd year MA Character Animation students is inspired by the ENO season, with students creating short animation films in response to operas on our stage.

Students are given a brief to undertake individual research into the music, stories, characters and ideas of three ENO productions and to choose one opera to respond to.

Film ideas are selected through a competitive pitch and the selected films are made by the students working in groups over the remaining 8 weeks of term.

The module aims to expose animation students to opera as an art form, both as stimulus for their own creative work and to reveal career opportunities in the industry. It also provides students with the experience of working to a brief provided by an external client, the opportunity to work in a team, and have their work critiqued by professionals outside CSM.

This year’s animations were inspired by Madam Butterfly, Carmen and Rusalka.

Butterflies around us

Director/Animation: Fung Leung
Animation: Yixing Qin, Ruxandra Albulescu

This film is dedicated to the voiceless Madam Butterflies of the modern day who are victims of someone else’s conquest of lust and greed.

From up on high

Director/Animation: Nili chetankumar Bhavsar
Animation: Theresa Haas, Katie Chan

A story about love that transcends the distance between the two vastly separate worlds of Rusalka and her Prince. Isolated and agonised by their separation, Rusalka is determined to be reunited with her love.

La Guardia Nacional

Director/Animation: Fabiola Tenorio Núñez
Animation: Daisy Evans, Monica Scanlan, Zhiqi Gong

Inspired by the machismo behaviour in Carmen, this film of a mother living on the US Mexican border who refuses to be dominated by the machismo culture that surrounds her, highlights the violence and human rights abuses against thousands of women around the world.

Watch all of the final films inspired by ENO’s current and recent seasons.