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A Morning Stroll – by Grant Orchard

A New Yorker and a chicken: an exercise in style by Grant Orchard

2012 | 5 - 10 | Animation | Life & Society | Time | UK

One day, during a morning walk, a man meets a chicken. The chicken turns the corner, it mounts the stairs of a flat, it knocks on the door with its beak and then it disappears into the room. We just see this funny scene in the short film A Morning Stroll directed by London animator and filmmaker (and mover of shapes) Grant Orchard and produced by Studio AKA.

The story is loosely inspired by a real life event recounted in Paul Auster’s brilliant book True Tales of American Life and based on The Chicken written by Casper Clausen and published in the New York Literary Review in 1986. The special feature of A Morning Stroll, BAFTA and Sundance winner and nominated at Oscars in 2012, is the ability to adapt the same episode in three different styles, eras and stories: in 1959 (with stylized drawings in black and white and a jazz soundtrack by Nic Gill), in 2009 (with 2D color images) and in 2059, in a post-apocalyptic backdrop (in 3D computer graphic).

Orchard’s work looks like a cinematographic experiment inspired by Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style. He likes to play and experiment with the language and this is the most valuable peculiarity of his short films. A Morning Stroll gives us different perspectives and an entertaining point of view. Which one is the real city slicker?

Chiara Pascali

Chiara Pascali

Digital Strategist. Particolare inclinazione verso la continua ricerca del nuovo e del bello. Cinema, letteratura e musica i linguaggi che preferisco per sondare la realtà che mi circonda.

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