Short Film as Canvas

Prior to making ‘The Cathedral,’ Tomek Baginski was grinding it daily producing commercials for Poland’s 13-year-old television industry. TO make the 7-minute short, he drew on inspiration from painters like Rembrandt and architects like Gaudi. Baginski collaborated with his favorite science fiction writer, Jacek Dukaj.

Interview with Baginski here: source

Tomek Baginski’s Academy Award Nominated Short Film (2003) – The Cathedral.

From Platige Image, “The film is based on a short story by Jacek Dukaj under the same title. In 2002 “Cathedral” was awarded the main prize at SIGGRAPH festival (“Best Animated Short”). A year later it received an Oscar nomination in the category “Best Animated Short Film”. ” SYNOPSIS:

Story of a pilgrim who comes to the Cathedral on the border of the known world. He wants to find answers. He finds tranquility.

DIRECTOR: Tomasz Baginski


RUNNING TIME: 6 min. 20 sec.”Source:

In Baginski’s short film, we see a seeker enter

The Cathedral is the title of a science fiction short story by Jacek Dukaj, winner of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award in 2000; and of a 2002 short animated movie by Tomasz Baginski, based on the story. The film was nominated in 2002 for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film for the 75th Academy Awards. The movie won the title of Best Animated Short – Siggraph 2002 in San Antonio as well as several other awards. Source:

‘The Cathedral’ By 3ds max Artist Tomek Baginski Nominated for Academy Award-Best Animated Short Film

Leonard Teo, Thursday, 20 February 2003

3ds max artist Tomek Baginski of Platige Image (Poland) has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category for “The Cathedral”. His first Oscar nomination, Baginski spent 15 months working on “The Cathedral” using Discreet 3ds max and character studio software to realize his creative vision.

“The Cathedral” tells the story of a pilgrim arriving at a strange, forest-like cathedral where he finds his presence there has a purpose he has not anticipated. With a limited team working on the project, Baginski and Platige Image created the animated short film relying on the professional modeling, animation and rendering tools in Discreet’s 3ds max and character studio. Baginski won the 2002 SIGGRAPH Best Animated Short Award for “The Cathedral”-and was the cover feature of Computer Graphics World magazine in July 2002. Source:

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