Saturday, 29 March 2008

Marta Mackova “Café”

Café is a stylish short revealing the sexual chemistry in a bar where a lone girl sips her drink and eyes up the talent. She has her gaze set on the quiet guy diligently reading his book. Meanwhile the (buxom) bar girl tidies up the tables much to the delight of the (diminutive) customer who is unable to take his eyes from her chest and rear. 28 year old Marta Mackova is from the Czech Republic though she graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2006. Café was her graduation movie. Marta has an eye for the etiquette that governs such manoeuvres and the skill to suggest a yearning with the merest shift in the shoulder line, though subtle is not a word to describe the reaction of little man to large woman. There is a finely tuned sense of timing in her work; the comedy of the situation unravelling at its own pace. She has worked with some skilled people in Prague, obviously learning her craft well prior to her arrival in the fine city of Edinburgh, my grandfather's birthplace. Which brings me to the rather splendid Scottish Animation Group that in addition to promoting the work of animation in Scotland, provides a network for meeting and sharing ideas. Lovely city, enviable social network: I'm envious. The link above to Marta's movie takes one to an on-line programme of other films, one of which I shall be featuring shortly.

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