Blinkink directors Becky & Joe have produced a charming animated film as part of the Lincoln Motor Company’s ‘Hello, Again’ series of shorts.
The series challenges filmmakers to put a new spin on something familiar, and Becky & Joe took inspiration from the drawn-on film techniques by Norman Mclaren, Len Lye and Man Ray, to come up with their own hands-on interpretation of the bygone process.
Produced in collaborating with New Jersey-based musicians Delicate Steve, the resulting Tallest Heights is an animation made from a combination of ink, paint, bleach and scratching into different film sizes. The final images are high-resolution scans of 16 and 35mm film strips and acetate sheets, and the duo also shot some super 8 footage to experiment with the idea of drawing on top of live action film.
The final piece (above) gives the dusty old technique a welcome new lease of life, with the animation and music nicely complementing each other. As Joe Pelling says in the making-of video (below), “it has to feel quite fun – if it feels dull or tedious, maybe it’s time for someone else to take over”.
Designed and Directed by Becky and Joe
Produced by The Lincoln Motor Company
Animators: Katie Jackson, Matt King, Theo Nunn, Ellie Pritchard and Andrea Vinciguerra
Pink Floyd fans may recognise the cover of our June issue. It’s the original marked-up artwork for Dark Side of the Moon: one of a number of treasures from the archive of design studio Hipgnosis featured in the issue, along with an interview with Aubrey Powell, co-founder of Hipgnosis with the late, great Storm Thorgerson. Elsewhere in the issue we take a first look at The Purple Book: Symbolism and Sensuality in Contemporary Illustration, hear from the curators of a fascinating new V&A show conceived as a ‘walk-in book’ plus we have all the regular debate and analysis on the world of visual communications.
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