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Thursday, 17 December 2009

Review of 2009: October

And so to October. Leerone sent me an album or two of her songs. No inducement needed for me to favourably review her haunted house, Empty Houses. Alina Constantin featured a gentle race of beings in Shrug, gentle watercolour too. Amazing what can be achieved with the latest 3D software. Judge for yourself with the big movie feel of Michael Sormann’s rather spectacular Bunny Situation. A hand drawn comic style, playing tricks with the media is Singles, a confident thesis film for Rebecca Sugar. George Ungar is an established director. The Wanderer L'Étranger is an account of devilish intervention that featured a really distinctive look etched black and white. Very impressive technique. Ondrej Svadlena impressed rather than clarified in Sanitkasan. I feature a few music videos, less than I’m sent. I liked Bottom of the River from Trunk Animation. Enjoyed the tune and sentiment also. Anthony F. Schepperd used Flash to good effect in Wail to God. Shynola’s Strawberry Swing gained the awards though for Cold Play. Mumu was a class act all the way in the best tradition of Russian animation. Valentin Karavayev uses cut-outs and the finest artists. Blip might not have the finesse but Ben Harper and Sean Mullen use colour and shape well. California Institute of the Arts had three featured films, Ian Worrel’s Second Wind being the superior I reckon. Galina Shakitskaya inevitably strikes another fanfare for Russia with Night on Bald Mountain and the marvelous music of Mussorgsky. (Too many m’s: good film.) Una Giornata Perfetta from an Italian director I did not know, Virgilio Villoresi, was recommended to me. A vehicle for the singing of Vinicio Capossela, it captured an essence of 1950s Europe you could smell. Reza Dolatabadi’s Khoda was an accomplished graduation film full of enigmatic images whilst Donato Sansone did the complex flicking through his flipbook in Videogioco. All entirely digital but you might have thought Quba Michalski got his scissors out in his promotional video for the Turkish edition of New York Times. I am undecided about which Georges Schwizgebel movie I most favour. The Year of the Deer might just be it. I have not mentioned Supinfocom yet. All Together Now for Nexus and the Olympic movement was made by two of their ex-students. Nations pulling together. And they claim advertisers deal in reality. The smooth Café Serré employs 3D realism from a team of their existing students. 3D to the fore again. Spot the real man in Tyson Ibele’s incredibly lifelike Hemlock. Bill Plympton’s figures are anything but, his hand operated pencil being much in evidence in the typically exaggerated western, Mexican Standoff. If you want to know how a simple digital camera can be wielded with wit and distinction, view The Bedwetter by Ingo Schiller and Stephan Müller. I found Her Morning Elegance from Oren Lavie a lovely song and the stop motion animation from man and wife team Yuval and Merav Nathan was sophisticated elegance indeed. Utterly delightful.

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