Dagoprod is a 2D and 3D human-sized
animation workshop in Paris.
Its goal is to stage not only the world of Dago - who was created in 1989 -, but also the one of other authors through experimental animated movies.The films produced by Dagoprod are later converted into comic strips or 3DStrips to allow a wider distribution of these worlds.The philosophy of the workshop is : " minimum means, maximum effect ". To do so, Dagoprod works mostly with open source tools - animation with Blender, editing with Kdenlive - and partly free tools - 3DStrips with Unity3D.
Dagoprod is meant to be an independent workshop, and every financial means are sought to remain so : selling books, the " pay what you like " option for the 3DStrips and crowdfunding for the movies.
Created in 1989 by Christophe
Desgouttes, Dago is a half man and half bird character - a round and a
beak, sometimes wings and sometimes arms.
The world of Dago is humorous, both surreal and poetic.
His favorite themes are love, war, the infinitely big and the infinitely
small, the city, man, his reasons for living ... everything between birth
First drawn with a Rotring pen, he gradually developed into the 3D World.
As the natural source of the workshop he gave it his name, and you will find traces of him in every films, books and 3DStrips produced by Dagoprod.
3DStrip is an innovative 3D universe that is presented
like a comic strip.
3DStrip is also an animated movie with different simultaneous camera angles (long shot, medium shot, close-up ... ) allowing pan-shots, travelling shots or interactive zooming.
3DStrip, taking its inspiration both from immersive games like Second Life (3D metaverse) and from 3D real time cinema, allows the audience to live an interactive user experience by moving freely in the modelized zones of the virtual world.
So 3DStrip is meant to be an innovative, playful and interactive medium.
The Dagos created were originally drawings : their
natural format is paper, hence books.
It became then obvious that the Dagoprod films were to be converted into comic strips, allowing a wider distribution of these worlds.
Amazon was chosen as the international broadcasting platform for the books, particularly those concerning the Dagos :"No text, only pictures " (which tend to transcend language and thus communicate with the whole world).
This very platform will be chosen for the future DVDs as well.
Regarding the books in French, they are marketed with TheBookEdition.
The Dago character was the origin of Dagoprod
films : after it was drawn, it had to be made alive, moved, animated...the
film medium was one of the answers.
The films are in 2D, 3D or a mixture of different techniques, traditional ones and more modern ones like with smartphones.
Some are classical animated films, others are experimental (3DStrips or 3D animations with predefined timing and camera paths, but letting the audience choose the camera in the scene...
Whatever the techniques explored - traditional or modern -, whatever the forms designed - classical or experimental-, the major goal of these films is the creation and sharing of varied worlds.