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Tuesday, 13 March 2007

David Bokser & The Old Man and the Fish

Having just made this our latest Movie of the Week I was anxious to find out more about David Boksor. He graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Computer Art, from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA. After working on Tugger for a time he has moved on to various projects as explained on his website www.davidbokser.com. However it is Bokser's The Old Man and the Fish (Le Vieil Homme et les Poissons) that takes the eye. I sometimes remind my students to aim for the big impact, impressive scene that will linger long in the memory after the movie. Thus we remember the scene with the old man approaching the sea with the sunset a glorious red, the giant fish being held in his hands, him jumping into the ocean, the helmet slowly filling with water. As for the theme I'm reminded of an oceanic version of Icarus, even Ikky - or at least Carl Brooks and Jacob Cook's take on it a while back. (Sadly the two didn't have Maya for 3D.) But Bokser's tale of one man's obsession with fish is beautiful work and very thought-provoking. No wonder it did well in the various competitions.

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