Created in Studio X, Thomas de Maleingreau’s Grounded is heading to film festivals worldwide
A still from 'Grounded.' Image courtesy of Thomas de Maleingreau.
For filmmaker and animator Thomas de Maleingreau, the collaborative class at Academy of Art University called Studio X was a pivotal point in his career. In Studio X’s collective environment, he not only created a totally unique style of animated film with his short film Grounded, but had a hand in shaping how different departments at the Academy work together. Grounded, a heart warming animated short film about the last journey of Hector, an old pilot, and Waldo, his pet goose, is groundbreaking in that de Maleingreau melted hand painted texture (from the School of Game Development) into his film to create a more stylized look.
As an animation student, his goal was to incorporate the School of Game Development in order to combine elements of game style in his film. “I literally created a collaborative class between departments,” said de Maleingreau. “I am very proud and happy about that. It was really a class created for Grounded. It will take place at Studio X and it’s a first step toward a bigger collaboration and could open so many new opportunities between game and animation students.”