The month of May seemed to be one that belonged to the short film animators of the world. Mickey Please finally released his “100% created in camera” animation The Eagleman Stag online, for all us to enjoy in utter astonishment. California Institute of Arts animation students brought us to tears, transported us to a universe ravaged with extreme heat and introduced us to the concept of fishy film noir. Quentin Dupieux proved it wasn’t all about animation though, his return to the small screen with Wrong Cops (and his Stade 3 teaser) reminding us just how funny and weird live-action shorts can be. We also had two long-term desires fulfilled; finally pinning down Carlos Lascano for an interview and seeing Canadian director Jamie Travis post full versions of his stunning work online at long last. We focussed in on the audio & video of filmmaking when Kogonada took us into the Sounds of Aronofsky and Jack Lawrence Mayer taught us How To Say I Love You With Video, and to top it off we got all nostalgic for 1952 with Explosions in the Sky.
MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle