Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Harrie Geelen "Safe Haven" (2009 - Cloudmachine)

A rather beautiful piece of work today made for Dutch band Cloudmachine whose dreamy track Safe Haven was animated for free by the noted animator/ director/ illustrator Harrie Geelen. Have you ever noticed the similarity of a wrapped sweet to a coloured fish? Neither have I but Harrie opens our eyes to the possibilities as shoals of sweets journey towards their safe haven accompanied by clockwork mechanisms or cutlery sets making plausible imitations of sea creatures. Mythological figures sit astride giant fish, sailors from a bygone age bob in 3D waves as paper boat makes it way past beaming lighthouse to enter a harbour of sorts and the final curtain. Sweet and evocative imagery, the HQ images from the video are worth a click. The video was added to the collection of the Film Museum in Amsterdam. It was selected for the Animation Film Festival 2009 in Utrecht and will be shown in Paris at the Le Meilleur Du Court Métrage festival on June 15th, 2010. Band member Ruud Houweling explains: "It was made with no budget, single handedly by Harrie, just because he wanted to help us out. Labours of love are always good." They are indeed but not usually this good. The music was recorded in CA by sound engineer Oz Fritz who has worked for Tom Waits. I like it very much! Harrie meanwhile is nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award 2010 and Hans Christian Anderson Award 2010 (a.k.a. Little Nobel Prize).

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