Terry Gilliam’s animation style in the 1960s has a wonderfully homemade feel, as visually sophisticated as it as, and as perfect as the comedic timing is.
Short and sweet BBC film on Christmas truces, starring Peter Capaldi and Samuel West, and featuring all the Christmas classics: abandoned seaside piers, balloons, World War I carnage, and Elvis. Continue reading
Peter Capaldi’s had an amazing run the past few years, playing Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, Randall Brown in The Hour, and now heading up Doctor Who. But in 1995, he won an Oscar for a short film he wrote and directed for BBC Scotland, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”, a feel-good Christmas tale starring Richard E. Grant, Phyllis Logan, the crushing anxiety of the artist, and a few giant cockroaches.
At about 20 minutes, it’s a bit longer than my usual weekday videos, but what the heck, it’s Friday, and nothing says “party” like Kafka, does it?
Not just a reminder that everyone starts small, but also a good place to start for comparing short-form versus long-form story structure.
Glas, winner of the 1959 Oscar for short subject documentary, is an improvised short doc by Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra about a glass factory. Interesting and evocative invented sound collage midway through, and a wonderful illustration of the rhythmic, almost musical hand motions of the glass-blowers. And, at the end, an amazing example of mid-century closing titles.
The National Film Society explain Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu in under three minutes. I’m not familiar with Ozu, but I love this visual style, so I think there’ll be some Ozu in my future. Continue reading
Last week, in the post on the Blank on Blank interview with Maurice Sendak, I mentioned how remixing is rarely discussed in the context of collaboration between artists, most of whom would like to see the extra bits and pieces they can’t roll into their own work take on a new life. Blank on Blank beat me to it – they’ve interviewed several of the journalists they’ve worked with to bring forgotten pieces of interview back to life, to get their take on the process. Continue reading
Skywalker Sound sound designer Tom Myers describes the process of building the audio reality of an animated world from scratch, and demonstrates building up the layers of ambient sounds in a scene. Continue reading
This short is a collaboration between Jason Sweeney (creator of Stereopublic) and Fiona Sprott, as part of their joint venture, Unreasonable Films. I love the textures in this film, the sound collage and the tape hiss, the digital noise, the slight frame jump. It brings a lot of motion and life to a series of still images, and it’s all done in the editing room.