Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Joris Oprins "Wad"

Today's featured animation is another world away from yesterday's and, indeed, tomorrow's scenic extravaganza. The Dutch Wadden Sea is a semi-enclosed area of the North Sea consisting of tidal mud flats and marine life - for which it is internationally well known. It is not a particularly scenic place though I accept beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Wad, directed by Joris Oprins in 2003, is a quirky movie set amongst the mud and sand in which two people and a dog get trapped by the rising water. Thickly drawn in mud and tar on wet sandpaper, the colour scheme must have been easy to assemble, as would the drawings. However it has a comic charm, as the murky figures make sandcastles and, this is guesswork, catch crabs. One is dragged off by the wind though the second perseveres and leaves a touching reminder at the close. Joris graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2003. His company website does have more orthodox work on it including work in colour!

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