Sunday, 14 September 2008

Mark Osborne "More"

Sunday Classic Animation
Mark Osborne
Attaining the dream is never so absolute a joy as the pursuit of that dream - or so I've been told by my one rich relative. The first scene of today's Sunday Classic, Mark Osborne's More, is of the children on the roundabout, happy and excited. The shimmering orange light as the figures circulate is replaced by a humdrum grey as we meet the central figure of the six minute film. He is an ET figure, alienated and trapped in a dark factory of identical figures on the assembly line in a city of grey high rise dwellings. He retreats to his apartment and takes out his toolchest in his endeavour to make the great invention that will free him from this mean existence. He is guided by the image of the carefree children and an illuminated compartment in his stomach that signifies his aspirations, humanity and soul. When he makes the great invention, transforming drab reality into colour the impact on him is not what he imagined. The compartment light has died out. The movie works on the imagination in so many ways. Those in search of the great escape will view their ambitions in a slightly different light after viewing this classic. I often wonder why the great entrepreneurs or scientists carry on when seemingly everything they have sought is obtained. I'd like to say it was intentional but view Neil Coslett's movie reviewed on Friday and see the connection. The music (Elegia) by British band New Order is inspired and, interspersed with children's laughter, is a standout feature, its mixture of beat and yearning exactly suiting the mood of the movie. More has enjoyed huge success and is often quoted amongst people's top movies. It was the first fully animated, stop-motion film to be presented for exhibition in the IMAX giant screen format and was nominated for an Academy Award. Pangea Day has a superb copy of the movie recently posted for full screen viewing.

Biography: Mark studied foundation art at New York's Pratt Institute before earning his BFA in experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts where he later became an instructor. He has also worked for DreamWorks where he progressed to make the CG Kung Fu Panda and, independently, the live-action feature film, Dropping Out. He was closely involved in the animated TV series Spongebob Squarepants. Read about his work including some interesting production videos and a new venture at his website,

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