Sunday, 11 November 2007

"458nm" Jan Bitzer Ilija Brunck Tom Weber

Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck and Tom Weber are students at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. 458nm was their 2006 piece. It progresses rather slowly as befits the meeting and union of two mechanical snails under the moonlight. I read the words "romantic meeting" in the Britfilm description. A sense of humour is important in reviewers. The six minute animation is relentlessly high tech as the students construct an atmospheric world in which moonlight is more xenon arc lamp than glistening orb, and blue-grey steel contraptions dominate the screen. Despite the absence of mucus and the snails' transformation at the point of union to glistening jewels, don't get too romantically attached to gastropods; theirs is a decidedly unromantic life. For those who delight in such technically adept animation this will be glorious. I watched it in wonder and admiration. It is a very professional package and you can buy the DVD to revel in the high resolution version, far removed from the initial link to YouTube.

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