Becky & Joe revive old process for quirky animation

Blinkink directors Becky & Joe have produced a charming animated film as part of the Lincoln Motor Company’s ‘Hello, Again’ series of shorts

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.

Tallest Heights from The Lincoln Motor Company on Vimeo.

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”.

Behind the Scenes: Tallest Heights from The Lincoln Motor Company on Vimeo.

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


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