A classic Western story of death and revenge told with an innovative mix of stop motion techniques, in-camera effects and animation.
Western, the quintessential film genre, has been reinterpreted in many ways throughout the history of cinema. Post-modern filmmakers such as Tarantino and the Coen brothers often played with it, Spaghetti-westerns put it into a new perspective, videos and short films of all kinds took bits and pieces from its features. We however never seen anything like Edson Oda‘s animated short.
The story is simple, a typical cowboys-escaping-death situation, and it serves the intricate narrative well. The premise of the film is to bring a storyboard to life, and the result is astonishing and compelling. Drawings come to life with a mixture origami, kirigami, time-lapse, nankin illustration and comic books that faithfully reproduce every piece of film-language imaginable. Jump cuts, dolly shots, black screens, even zoom ins – it’s a true pleasure for the film-enthusiast to see how close to actual cinematic storytelling the director has got.
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