Thursday, 23 April 2009

condensed stories via moving image

Jeff Keen's exaggerated and riotous use of pace through rapid cuts and stop frame animation cram visuals and ideas into short timespans. Here he uses a hand-made/lo-fi mixed media approach to moving image, and a dreamlike non-linear narrative. See more about him here, here and here.

In Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind (which we will show you soon) he uses lo-fi means again to create abridged versions of famous films in short timespans. He calls these sweded versions. They contain key points in the narrative cut together quickly to give a precis of the storyline. This has become a bit of a cult process now with YouTube full of sweded versions of famous films. Gondry has also written a book called "You'll Like This Film Because You're In It: The Be Kind Rewind Protocol" which he hopes will enable anyone who reads it to make imaginative films with limited means.

See Michel Gondry's sweding of his own Be Kind Rewind trailer here!

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