Thursday, 28 June 2007
National Film Board of Canada "Web Animation Competition 2005"
Produced for Expo 2005 in Aichai, Japan here are five very short films together with interviews with their creators (variously in English and French though where necessary subtitles are provided). It was a competition and I liked them all but if I had to choose I would go for "Roots" by Karine Savard because its depiction of the changing seasons and the different facets of society is perhaps the most complex one minute flash animation I have seen. It is so beautifully designed with butterflies, cities and a cartwheeling figure that when the credits actually appeared they were so integrated into the whole I thought they were part of the action. The other four were good. In turn then I must mention "Seeds" by David K Mean because it is so colourful and stylish as the seed is sown and gorgous colourful flowers appear; and Marc -Andre Toupin's "Carp" which shows landscape does not have to be natural to be beautiful and also has a nice tale to tell of two men cooking their catch. The other two, Olivier Breton's "Wisdom of Diversity" and "Bon Appétit or Wisdom of Diversity" by Philippe Arseneau Bussières, are also super. Olivier's appeals to anyone who ever liked making mechano models and Philppe's is all about how to fail at eating. Canadian animation is something else even if I, as usual, am a little late discovering this treat. You can follow the link and choose your language by clicking http://www.nfb.ca/aichi. And if you want to know who won it was .... my last one. Not that they were in order of my enjoyment. There is a 2006 competition for me to see as well. I'll get back to that.