Character.Synth is an experiment in which Eran controlled the movement of a character through a midi device normally used for audio work. When animating the character, music is also made. The experiment was built in UNITY (a programming language) using Keijiro Takahashi’s Klak framework (a collection of scripts for creative coding). The audio side of this piece was made by Giori Politi who used FMOD, UNITY, and Ableton Live.
It was Eran Hilleli’s senior year at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Israel, when he created Between Bears—a delicate short film with a minimalist yet bold aesthetic. The video was quickly recognized throughout the animation industry for its complex story, subdued color palette, and graceful use of negative space, and proceeded to take ‘Best Animation’ at the inaugural Vimeo Awards in New York that same year.
Fascinated by simple shapes and fantastical worlds, Eran has a great appreciation for projects that leave room for interpretation—his work as Animation Director on music video Boy’s Latin for indie rockstar Panda Bear is a prime example. His film Three and a Half Seconds About Life showcases Eran's savviness for beautifully-styled animation, cinematic flair, and spot-on, humorous timing. Posts on Eran’s personal website, Tumblr, and Vimeo pages have had a knack for rapidly turning into viral sensations, including the live show visuals he created for a project commissioned by EDM Artist Skrillex.