Stan.Brakhage – Persian Series 1-3

“1) This hand-painted and elaborately step-printed work begins with a flourish of reds and yellows and purples in palpable fruit-like shapes intersperced by darkness, then becomes lit lightning-like by sharp multiply-colored twigs-of shape, all resolving into shapes of decay. 2) Multiple thrusts and then retractions of oranges, reds, blues, and the flickering, almost black, textural dissolves suggesting an amalgam approaching script. 3) Dark, fast-paced symmetry in mixed weave of tones moving from oranges & yellows to blue-greens, then retreating (dissolves of zooming away) to both rounded and soft-edged shapes shot with black. 4) Elaborate petal-like, stamen-and-stem-like, multicolored flowers rising in white space until the whole field is as if crushed by floral designs in madly-swift mixtures of every conceivable previous (in the PERSIAN SERIES) shape, evolving back to brilliant petals against what was as at beginning of #4. 5) Dark blood red slow shifting tones (often embedded in dark) / (often shot-thru with parallel wave-like lines) composed of all previous shapes AND flowers as if trying, linierally, to evolve a glyph-script.”

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Jim Henson and @TheFrankOzJam talk to Russell Harty about The Dark Crystal (1983)

Random office conversation today started at the Matrix and went to Dr Who then Star Wars then to the Dark Crystal. That triggered a vague memory of an episode of the Russell Harty Show which I saw go out live where Jim Henson and Frank Oz were interviewed and I was sure that some of the actual creatures from the film came on stage and proper freaked the audience out. Surely I had made this up!

So I searched YouTube and there it was!

The final few moments where the creature smashed through the set and runs at the front row was the thing I remembered the most.

“Brexicuted” by Chris Shepherd (2018)

My old college friend and prolific animator and mentor, Chris Shepherd made this short film last year about the political issue currently dominating British politics at the expense of literally everything else.

Wherever you fall on the debate it’s pretty funny. I was lucky enough to see it last autumn at the Encounters film festival, but it is currently available on YouTube.

Posted here in celebration of Withdrawal Agreement Day in Parliament (haha!).

(You might have to click through to watch.)

“YGT – Sinking Ship” by Sam Mason (2019)

Some great and mysterious work.

This is from Directors notes:

“On the foggy margins of the ancient and the new lies the world of Zuma, where the masked Truskan people, a once rich civilization, rot away, or where the forgotten Wazoh bird-men roam the desert ruins. In the mountains, deep in complex cave networks, dwell the Tholotec ape-men, and by the forests live the silent Mani who dawn themselves in outfits made of hollow reeds that whistle as they wander.”

 

“I like to think of my workflow as collage, I used primarily digital tools on Sinking Ship, though I love working with people costume and sets.”

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”The Eyes of Orson Welles” by Mark Cousins (2018)

Just caught up with the Mark Cousins film, “The Eyes of Orson Welles”, a personal and expansive love letter to Welles himself.

The film shows many drawings by Welles, something I had not previously seen, it really builds an understanding of how he saw his ideas and the world around him.

It’s an unusual documentary with hardly any talking head interviews or people in frame at all really, unless they are drawn or filmed by Welles himself. But it touches on the nature of drawing, film making, film making as drawing, cameras as pens, calligraphy, notebooks, writing and creativity in all its forms, something Welles engaged with his whole life.

I don’t think it’s on the iPlayer anymore but there is a website here that has various links to different ways of seeing it.