A conversation with Lisa G on her return from this year’s Sundance Film Festival has prompted THE GENERALIST to check out their catalog and website in detail to see what’s out there and what’s coming up.I planned to look at the new films – documentaries and features – entered in competition but immediately got distracted by THE SUNDANCE YOUTUBE SHORT FILM SCREENING ROOM and discovered these three outstanding animations. Brilliant.
FAST FILM: A work of genius by Virgil Wildrich and team. The filmmakers printed out some 65,000 individual images from 300 films, folded them into paper objects, arranged them in complex tableaux, and then brought them to life with an animation camera. A journey through film history in 14 minutes. They wanted to create an animation in a way that can’t be done on the computer.
8 BITS: A fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high-def boss, in a retro-gaming world. Superb homage, brilliantly realised. See www.8bitsmovie.com/.
THE RAFTMAN’S RAZOR: Two young teens obsess about a comic superhero who just sits in a rubber raft, shaves himself with a cuthroat razor and then does nothing. A mixture of old style comic book animation and live action, this spoof on the old world of comic books is a little gem. Directed by Keith Bearden.