Here I would like to share with you more videos of stop-motion animation films that inspire me. This is probably my last post on stop-motion animation before I turn to looking at live puppets in film with more focus (unless I find more exciting stop-motion videos!), as well as sharing with you my interest in shamanism in the making of my own film.
‘Oh Willy…’ is a stop-motion animation made entirely out of wool by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, inspired by Diane Arbus’ photographs of people living in nude colonies. This film will stay with you for a long time…
This next stop-motion is very different from the last. ‘Eager’ by Allison Schulnik, who actually trained as a dancer before studying Experimental Animation, is almost a kind of experimental dance performance, but with animation, with haunting characters travelling through bizarre spaces. This film has a rough appearance, which was intended and is really quite perfected in the movements of the animation.
‘The Man in the Lower Left Hand Corner of the Photograph’, by Robert Morgan. Its universe echoes that of Jan Svankmajer, or maybe that of the Quay brothers. I really enjoy the feel of decay in this one, and the diverse materials and textures that give it its raw and haunting feel.
Jan Svankmajer’s ‘Alice’ makes use of a mix of live images and stop-motion animation, using everyday objects, which blend perfectly together to make a very effective and original rendition of Alice in Wonderland.
‘The Bigger Picture’ by Daisy Jacobs is a very different style of animation, combining the animation of painting and objects.
‘Seed’ is directed and animated by Ben Richardson & Daniel Bird.
“An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio. With its complex characterization and narrative of animal evolution, competition and reproduction, SEED is a beautiful and sinister stop-motion story about the struggle to survive.”
I don’t find it particularly pleasant to watch, but it’s definitely captivating in the strange way the creatures build the broadcast towers and find ways to survive…
Finally, but not least, an animation film that I’m guessing many people have seen: ‘The Sandman’ by Paul Berry. A sandman visits children each night, which makes one little boy very nervous in waiting for his turn…
The tension and darkness that runs throughout it still haunts me!