Saturday, 19 May 2007

Aidan Gibbons "The Piano"

Sometimes an animation or indeed film appears that is so extraordinarily good that it pales everything else at the time. Aidan Gibbons' "The Piano" is one such. Sometimes an idea seems so incredibly simple and yet is so beautifully realised that it renders the idea a thing of genius. Aidan's movie has been distributed to primary and secondary schools in the UK, though I confess it never reached me! It has rightly won awards. The theme is one of flashbacks to an old man's life delivered as he plays exquisitely on the piano. The transition through the man's life was imaginatively achieved and intensely moving. I showed it to my class yesterday afternoon and they too were spellbound. Aidan produced the movie during his second year at the University of Hertfordshire. He has chosen the music well. It is an evocative piece by Yann Tiersen, 'Une comptine d'un autre ete', which was also part of the score for a favourite French film, “Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain” (“Amélie”). One of my students is attempting to obtain an interview with Aidan who, by the way, has produced some excellent professional work, notably a striking piece for Johnny Walker. "The Piano" is obtainable through any number of internet links but the best quality is at his website:

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