“Nokta” — this short animated film is all about the creation, movement, and harmony of shapes co-existing in space. Filmmaker Onur Senturk describes Nokta, which means “dot” in Turkish, as an abstract film project that explores the improvisation of organic pieces within the themes of power, chance, and luck. The sound design in Nokta, crafted by ECHOLAB’s Gavin Little, is a piece of work in itself; it is in perfect unity with the movement and the transformation of the shapes. What is great about this animation is that it’s open to endless interpretations. Senturk says he used Realflow, 3ds Max, Mudbox, and After Effects to make the film. For those of you who are curious to learn more about how this film was made, don’t miss the “making of” video available here.
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Nokta can mean “dot,” but may be better translated as “point,” and it has a similar range of connotations as in English. It can mean a physical point or a point that someone, say a filmmaker, is trying to make.
Thanks, Ryan. That’s a really good point. Even though the filmmaker himself chose the word “dot” when translating his film’s title to English, “point” does fit better within the concept of the film. We can even say that the shapes and images we see in Nokta emerge from a single point in space.
A dot, a point- “that which has no part”. I think this short film provides a neat explanation of a Nokta’s “part-less-ness”
I think the name of the film is a thing to be decided by the director. So i believe it is inappropriate to discuss whether the translation fits the concept or not. No offence. :)