Anyone who haunted flash animation sites in the early noughties such as Newgrounds (which sat in a very subversive/nerdy corner of the internet), will most likely be familiar with David Firth; creator of Salad Fingers, Burnt Face Man, Jerry Jackson etc…
Firth’s animations are intended to “tickle the weird gland”, and sit somewhere between the absurd and the bizarre, often featuring a streak of divisive and irreverent black humour delivered with a Yorkshire accent.
‘Cream’ was released earlier this year is his probably his most polished short yet. Firth’s work really has a bit of the Marmite factor, but even if it’s not to your taste, its still a great example of a fully fleshed-out dystopian film made purely from Photoshop collage and After Effects!
London is now full of filmmakers coming to show off their work! Some gain more popularity further on in the year for example Moonlight which was shown last year in London had no popularity but became a big player in the academy awards, Here is a list of tickets and films that you can see before the general public!
A lovely short by Japanese director and animator Satoshi Kon, showing the mind catching up to the body in the moments after waking up. If this little film has piqued your curiosity, Every Frame a Painting has put together an enjoyable and concise study into his work and exquisite editing skills…
ROBOT & SCARECROW
Set amidst the euphoric madness of a summer music festival, Robot & Scarecrow is a uniquely modern fairytale about love. When a robot pop princess flees her keeper she runs straight into the arms of a lonely scarecrow desperate for adventure. They spend an incredible night together, caught in a heady vortex of music and magic.
Captured at Secret Garden Party by visionary south London director Kibwe Tavares, this brand new short film will be released on Wednesday 31st May 2017 via Nowness and Vero.
A fantastically surreal hallucinogenic journey through a Philip K. Dick story. The whole film is worth watching for the beautiful animation alone (18 months of rotoscoping), but the narrative is great/weird/enjoyably confusing too.
Jasper’s ‘They Live’ post got me thinking about the 1980’s and also after trawling the BUG website, the rise of the pop video genre.
The 80’s was an amazing creative period for pop video (see Peter Gabriel ‘Sledgehammer’, Michael Jackson ‘Billie Jean’, Dire Straits ‘Money for Nothing’) as MTV broke out across cable networks domestically and globally.
Videos were a genuinely powerful tool for making or breaking a band that were watched by millions of people. In the UK Top of the Pops had audiences of around 12million per week. Anyone interested in the golden age of the music video could start with “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution”(2011) by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks.
Take on Me has got to be one of the best of this era.
Catchy tune – check.
Cult director – check.
Existential exploration of Gibson-esque alternate reality – check.
Experimental rotoscoping sequences (referencing the adolescent tendency to sketch faces of heartthrob in fine shaded detail) – check
wait… 315 million Youtube views – check
As discussed with a few of you this is a great resource of archival footage ofrom all over the UK that you might find useful.