" Paper money is bigger than metal money. Nine comes after eight. And Spring comes after winter, right, Black? Is that right? Black, when the sky turns black why do I feel so blue? "



Year ······················· 2019
Direction ·················· The Dystopian Creatives
Sound ······················ The Dystopian Creatives, with Foley provided by Peter Seeba
Tekkonkinkreet ············· Manga by Taiyō Matsumoto / Film by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4°C


A different approach

Tekkonkinkreet is, before anything else, a memory and an endless inspiration.
The manga and the film carry a very special aesthetic. The splashes of colours shaping the city contrast with the gravity of the story and every bits and piece are hand-crafted with love. Paying a tribute to a masterpiece of the genre is not an easy task.
With patience and love for the original creation, Dystopian Creatives pay a tribute to the world of Tekkonkinkreet.


Shot by shot

The choice to copy “exactly” some shots of the film was intentional. The goal was to spend hours on crafting a 3D copy of the film.
What if “Tekkonkinkreet” was made today and in CG?
A few elements had to be there. The planet looking structure Black and White sit on throughout the film, the crazy looking bar with its posters over the walls, the amusement park…
We couldn’t put them all in of course! So the hard part was to decide which shots will make it into the cut.

Screen grabs from “Tekkonkinkreeet” the film. By  Michael Arias .

Screen grabs from “Tekkonkinkreeet” the film. By Michael Arias.

3D scenes by Dystopian Creatives.

3D scenes by Dystopian Creatives.

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Left, C4D and Redshift timelapse. Right, Type animations in AE.

Left, C4D and Redshift timelapse. Right, Type animations in AE.


Traditional & Digital

Michael Arias and Studio 4°C did one amazing job at transcribing the universe of Taiyō Matsumoto into a motion picture. Bravo everyone!
The art of Tekkon overflows with details, and the admiration for the traditional artists behind the original film only grew during the production of the video. From background painters to animators, the work is stunning. “Tribute to Tekkonkinkreet” is a humble attempt to pay respect to all the artists involved and try to get to their level.

Forever learning.

Special thanks to Katri, John, Simon and Alex for their support.