Canadian producer’s work is captivating in its simple use of triangle and music.
For those who might have been captivated by the astonishing works of Rene Jodoin (Canadian animator, producer and director) way back in the day, his film; Notes on a Triangle may be the perfect point of reference even today. Being the founding father of the National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio and rightly so, Rene created this film using only triangles.
Notes on a Triangle was created in 1966 and explicitly shows the true animation of another time; the swinging 60s. The simple shape of a triangle is captured performing some enchanting moves to the soft music from the piano waltz. The main dancer in the “geometric ballet” intricately swings, spins and sub-divides into more than 300 patterns full of increasing complexities.
The soft waltz music that was played by Maurice Blackburn may not score in many modern films, but it truly synchronizes with the animated divisions, alignments and patterns of the sub-diving triangles that magically changes into a kite, an arrowhead, and a rhombus then back to a triangle. The way these sub-dividing and interchanging triangles dances with one another in a twirling fashion, which many of us wish were shown at school, is captivating in every way possible.
It may be a short 5-minute film, but the way the red, blue and yellow triangles dances to the soft waltz music showcases “geometric ballet” at its best. No wonder a film created back in 1966 still holds up today for its incredibly unthinkable beauty. Have a look.