The stamp that moves

The world’s “smallest and shortest film” appears on a new lenticular stamp created for the Dutch postal service TNT. KesselsKramer asked director Anton Corbijn to shoot the one-second film, which features actress Carice van Houten

The world’s “smallest and shortest film” appears on a new lenticular stamp created for the Dutch postal service TNT. KesselsKramer asked director Anton Corbijn to shoot the one-second film, which features actress Carice van Houten…

The Amsterdam and London-based agency were commissioned to “develop new innovations in stamps” and the result is a small lenticular stamp that contains 30 frames of film. 350,000 have been printed and are available from Dutch post offices.

Corbijn’s film, at a mere one-second in length, is a strange little thing. Dutch actress Carice van Houten stands in front of a windmill facing the camera and proceeds to bite down on an unidentified finger.

The action apparently references a rather more innocent-looking Dutch stamp designed in 1951 by Cas Oorthuys (above) which shows a beaming Dutch girl complete with a windmill in the background.

Maybe it was those teeth that haunted Corbijn all these years?

Here’s the film that appears as a lenticular on the new stamp (following a relatively lengthy title sequence).

The film was launched during the Dutch Film Festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations last month. See kesselskramer.com.

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