We began September with a double helping of directing duos. First off we discussed throat singing, seal hunting and ‘building a project which could shift direction as needed’ with Felix & Paul for their experimental short Tungijuq, then the newly formed partnership of karl&tynan knocked us for a triple loop with the perpetual walk cycle fashion film Ouroboros which somehow squeezed 80 Ravensbourne Fashion Graduate outfits into its eight minute running time. Things continued in pairs with Flying Lotus putting out Kahlil Joseph’s otherworldly promo for new album Until The Quiet Comes and Cyriak’s mutating, all consuming robot animation for track Putty Boy Strut. Joseph Pierce brought a slice of English oddness to our TheyAreAnimators series, whilst Max Friedrich and Anders Ramsell took 8-bit animation to a new, darker level with their recreation of the opening of Bladerunner. We doubled up on strange female experiences, when Yoann Lemoine took Elle Fanning wandering in the woods and Mathy & Fran returned with sci-fi music short The Lights And Then The Noise. Finally, friendships were built and destroyed in Rob Chiu’s OFFF México 2012 title sequence short Once, When We Were Young and a marriage hung in the balance in Sub’s review of Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz.
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