This stunning selection of animated shorts testifies to enduring creative vitality in pre-digital techniques as varied as pixilation, puppet animation, paint on glass, print on film and whirlwind stop-motion.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2016
Despite the digitised mediascape that immerses us, many independent animators still realise their visions in paint, clay and sand, or by moving objects and manipulating puppets.
Many of the 4,300 submissions reviewed for Animation Now relied heavily (and often entirely) on photography and the skilled hands of an animator. This programme celebrates the sheer breadth of imagination and skill that continues to fuel and inform the artform.
Hand-painted on glass and laced with noir and a wailing saxophone: just one of the tales in the Phantom City.
An old man and a hungry raven are surrounded by loneliness in a secluded cabin. A scene of quivering dread captured in animated sketches. Hand painted.
An animated puppet film about how to make an animated puppet film out of ‘stuff’.
Cordell Barker returns with a stunning puppet film recalling the day they dissected frogs in science class and he glimpsed his godlike future.
A visual essay of the history of typography uses original 19th- and 20th-century printing materials, printed onto film.
A masterclass in super-fast stop-motion animation puts objects from some notable museum collections into high rotate. The spearheads, the coins, the urns of antiquity never looked so lively.
Painted with Wite-Out, one minute of insanely detailed morphing overload from the guy who does it best.
Affairs of the heart are our greatest joy – and the fuel for epic furies when they fracture, as does the love of Amélia and Duarte, pixilated before our eyes.
“Because she has been alone for a really long time and there´s just no one else, she might as well live on the moon.” — Gudrun Krebitz. Hand painted.
Disembodied, lurid splashes of colour dance through the walls and ceilings, from one stark room to the next, changing partners. Backlit water paint on cell.
This puppet animation extravaganza does for ants and vegetables what Kubrick’s Spartacus did for the Roman slaves.