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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Lindsay Woods "Phosphoro" (2009)

After yesterday’s allegorical tale about winter, Phosphoro is also a film with a clear message beyond the plot. SVA student Lindsay Woods creates a land in which a shining blue crystal dominates all life, from engagement ring to beaming streetlight. Her city is a glorious sight with towers and domes, its people exclusively young, with that look of Japanese anime or adolescent magazine. Deep down in the caverns beneath the city, miners toil away in search of the blue treasure. When one young man discovers a vast, glistening palace-like structure of the material he breaks a segment off, an act of desecration that wreaks an ancient vengeance on the city and inhabitants who have plundered the earth’s riches. Lindsay was rewarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Production Design at the University’s annual Dusty Awards earlier this month. Her film is in truth beautifully drawn throughout, in a heavily stylised fashion from the opening frames with city and people frozen in a tableau that is animated incrementally as the power of the crystal takes hold, to the toy soldier boys who fire the cannons. The music is The Westward of Time from Japan’s Susumu Hirasawa. It adds both an anime appeal and a gravitas to this familiar tale of man over-reaching himself through greed.

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