Inspired by his grandfather – an RAF tail-gunner 1943-44, – I Dreamt of Flying is a a mixed media documentary written, drawn, animated and directed by Alex Bland. Combining hand-drawn illustration with archive material. The piece focuses on the crews of Bomber Command who sacrificed their lives in the skies to help end World War [...]
Whenever I see a film that utilises stop motion buttons, I unfairly compare it with Denise Hauser’s strange mirrored worlds short Copy City. While Rivkah Gevinson does put buttons to use in her Shut Eye promo for UK band Stealing Sheep, her mixed media piece is perhaps even stranger, but no less impressive as its [...]
Tom Geraedts’ mixed media short Eros takes us into the mind’s eye of a blind man’s perception after a chance encounter with a beautiful girl. Tom joins us on the first episode of 2011 to discuss the challenges of representing the blind experience visually and why holidays should always be postponed when opportunity comes calling. [...]
Eros (2009) Eros is about a young blind man who always struggled with his inability to imagine the world around him. He just couldn’t shape things like color and beauty in his mind. This all changes when he meets a curious girl, someone who will change things for once and for all.
Louise Cailliez’s Indians blends handmade animation techniques with a warm narration, to evoke the shift from Summer to Autumn. INDIANS from Louise Cailliez on Vimeo.
Alongside the feature strands, SXSW runs several shorts programmes throughout the festival, which often provide an early chance to see the work of up and coming directors. Sol Friedman’s Kabuki inspired short, Junko’s Shamisen has to be one of the most ambitious, and visually stunning pieces I’ve ever seen. He joins us to discuss the [...]
Junko’s Shamisen (2009) Set in the rural backwoods of feudal Japan, a young peasant girl named Junko, returns home to discover her blind grandfather brutally murdered. Filled with despair, Junko, accompanied by a mystical fox spirit, abandons her old life and sets off for the village in search of better fortune. While begging, young Junko [...]
This week’s guest director Emma Curtis returned to the world of animation following the success of her 2005 installation piece Diary of a Hoarder and the repeated view that the obsessions of artist and collector Paul Escott were a ripe playground for a short film. Emma joins me to discuss the challenges of creating stop [...]
The Reason I Collect (2008) An animation illustrating the life of a compulsive collector.
Filmmaker, animator and illustrator Denise Hauser joins us to discuss how she stretched the creative limits of filmmaking with her mixed media piece Copy City, created as her final year project whilst at the RCA. Copy City Materials Production Stills Showlinks Denise Hauser Royal College of Art Copy Shop Tricky Women Festival Les E.magiciens