Claude Chabot: Apnee


Claude Chabot’s “Apnée” is a deceptively simple film that uses cleverly conceived 3D scenes to tell a story in a refreshingly innovative way. Each scene is meticulously constructed in order to be unpacked by the viewer, whose deliciously fun job it is to construct a narrative around the clues provided.

The moral: Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be paparazzi.

Apparently, “Apnée” screened at the recent Platform International Animation Festival, but it didn’t net any awards. Seems like a travesty. I hope Mr. Chabot gets the laurels he deserves soon.

(If you have trouble viewing the video at the above link, try right-clicking to gain a little more control over playback. Or try watching it here.)

Bug ups to our very own Babe Elliott Baker for spotting this one and bringing it to our attention.

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



Holy crappin heck. I wanna do that when I grow up.


The people seem almost too photoreal to be 3d

Marc B.

I like this a lot. The people seem camera mapped photos on the 3d models.


Amazing 3D really great work. Shame it didnt win any awards yet.


That is some crazy creepy shit. I loved it. Totally kept me glued to the screen the entire time. Nice job!

Marc B.

Yeah, now i know what i was thinking of! Fight club sex scene! :D


Holly shit that was awesome. So seamless between the photorealistic and CG looking elements. Great idea to tell a short story as well.


Uhm. A little too similar to “Le foto dello scandalo”, ain’t it?


Man I would love to see a “making of” short about this one.

Joe Clay

A making of would definitely be nice! Very cool concept.

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