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Friday, 1 June 2012

Cat Bruce: Two Films, Trailer, Rigging and a Reel (2009 - 2012)

You'll recognise the voice of Cat Bruce from Ania Hazel Leszczynska's Monster in the Toilet. It's distinctive and very Scottish. There's also a Gaelic integrity about all her animation work and it is most definitely distinctive. In the absence of Cat's graduation piece, The Golden Bird, which I'd love to write about, here's various works of hers, one of which is a reel. memories: little men recounts a child's memory of little men who disturb her sleep and appear awfully real to her. Using a variety of media though principally cut-outs, there's a winsome charm to the piece plus an eye for colour, lighting and shadow. This same facility with her medium is apparent in her six week vacation exercise, the dream, which is equally enthralling. But what I also appreciated was the sound design, homespun like her work perhaps but endearing; never dismiss the importance of sound in animation. Shooglenifty's The Dotteral gives a definitive Gaelic air to Cat's reel, a work of art in its own right. Who needs the film itself? Well, it would help for the extracts are enticing. And if all this were not enough, here's the rigging for the The Golden Bird. Takes all the magic away, doesn't it? (No!) We will just have to wait for the festival circuit to end.

1 comment:

Kimberley said...

Nice video clip, Lovely accent as well. I'm from Scotland myself and her accent was really nice compared to some of the ones you hear up here. HAHA.