Friday, February 14, 2014

Stop Motion Genius

Jan Švankmajer is a Czech filmmaker, who focuses most of his work on stop motion animation, particularly claymation. I remember back in Film Analysis and Aesthetics with Dr. Patricia Zimmerman we watched this short. At first, I saw as pure entertainment and quirky. As we discussed it more and more I realized a deeper meaning. It was crazy how so many perceptive ideas were tossed around, in a seemingly light-hearted piece. Aside from the subject of the short itself, the animation is amazing, done by Bedrich Glaser, who works with Švankmajer on most of his films. The approximately six minute short is made so realistically as each pieces of a man is composed through the senses. Have a look yourself!

As for some of Jan Švankmajer's other works, here is a short compilation.

Darkness Light Darkness: The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer from Cinefamily on Vimeo.
Saturday, September 8th. Selected shorts, part of our month long The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer series.

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