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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Hayley Morris "Undone" (2008)

Undone is a striking example of stop motion as well as poignant tribute to John Ronald O’Brien, the late grandfather of director Hayley Morris. John died of Alzheimer’s disease. The film commences with a ball of string that unfurls to reveal an old man adrift on the ocean fishing from a tiny boat, drawing in a series of objects that represents his memories. A trombone, family pictures embedded in a revolving figure on children’s building blocks, a blossom tree held lovingly until the flowers wither in his hands. Mementos are momentarily treasured then lost to the amorphous string that writhes up and stifles object and, ultimately, person. A soundtrack of whispered voices, half remembered, stifled, reverberating sounds submerge us in John’s world. Undone is vividly staged, with rippling material for sea and a tenderly sculptured puppet of the old man, all the more fine when the camera zooms in and a fragile face is revealed, the whole illuminated by subtle lighting. The string enveloping the man is a telling metaphor for the ravages of a horrible disease. A small thing perhaps but I did like the closing credits being so simply chalked on a board. The film was made in 2008 at Rhode Island School of Design. My grandfather was similarly afflicted and I wish I had had the talent and wit to commemorate him in this way.

6 comments:

Rima said...

This is wonderful and poignant.
Happy to have found this animation feast blog :)
Best wishes
Rima

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Great story… I wanna more about John’s world. And that film was really good.
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Ian Lumsden said...

The film is rather wonderful. Touched me anyway.

Víctor Olea said...

I´m reaching out an stop motion of a LETTUCE HUNTING a RABBIT.

I saw it on local tv in stdney.

Any clue?

GEETINGS FROM BOCA DEL RÍO. VER. MEX

Ian Lumsden said...

Thanks for the Mexican wave, Victor, No ideas. Not an animation easy to forget though!

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