Friday, 24 July 2009

The Great Animation Challenge

The last week involved a few lovely screening/social events. Here's the first.

On Tuesday was The Great Animation Challenge at the Lighthouse, Wolverhampton, which started off with brilliant round up of animations from last year's Flip Festival. My personal favourite was about a man who's slipped coordinates in 3D space and is trying to fix it by being hit by asteroids. I can't tell you the name of it yet as I don't know... (Skhizein, directed by Jeremy Clapin) I also missed the first half of it. Maybe that added to the feeling of just watching a snippet of someone's life, rather than going through the whole process of setting up the character. I quite enjoy watching films half way through or without the sound on. You have to piece together a story which is probably no where near as interesting as it seems because it's turned into a puzzle, everything they do suddenly becomes potentially important.

After that bit of reflection, came the screening and announcement of the winner of the Animation Challenge itself. The prize rightly went to Joe Lea's interpretation of Underwater Fax of Death, which thanks to other people's attraction to the song means I'm still singing that song in my head 4 days later. Afterwards, I got to catch up with some familiar faces and chat to some new ones... which was nice.

P.S. I'll find out the name of that animation and see what I can link to.

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