Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tyger, Tyger in a Folded World

I just came across this, pretty much by accident.  It's amazing, a small film by Guilherme Marcondes, a Brazilian filmmaker, based on the William Blake poem. He uses puppetry, illustration, photography and CGI to make a fantastically rich little gem:

Mr. Marcondes is influenced by the pastiche of Brazilian culture and the DIY quality of the Brazilian film schools of which he came.  Clearly, he uses anything he can get his hands on, including things like origami and the ancient Japanese puppet-art of bunraku.  It's all very stylized and fabulous, and makes me want to know more about his earlier life -- did he study all these kinds of art?  He must have.

I went to his website, where he has samples of his work, and I found this, from a movie called Bunraku, the opening sequence of which he was given carte blanche to do:

 I never heard of this movie, Bunraku.  It looks like it was released in France and Canada, but not here...?  It looks like a very violent movie, definitely not my type of thing, but the art direction looks really interesting: the pans through cities seem to unfold like a pop-up book, and the scenery is an odd conglomeration of bits.  Which leads me to the fact that Mr. Marcondes originally studied architecture: 

"I like experiencing architecture, not practicing it. Just as I go to the movies or listen to music, I like to wander around a city, paying attention to how the space is organized, how the transportation works, etc. I’m interested in how the environment we live in changes and conditions our personalities. That’s clearer in Tyger than in any other film I’ve made. That also explains why I like J.G. Ballard so much!"  [link]

And on that note, I will leave you to ponder a world where cities are made to pop up as you move through them, and when the apocalypse comes, flowers of light grow through the cracks of the world.


Heather Hatch said...

I rented Bunraku at the video store here in Texas a few weeks ago - it is pretty violent, but the art direction is pretty amazing, and they use the paper-pop-up theme both explicitly and implicitly in the movie. It's very stylized, and very visually interesting. The plot is sort of... Cowboy and Samurai team up to defeat local Warlord, each for Reasons of Their Own.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the movie "Hugo"? I just saw it yesterday - really enjoyed it - and thought you would also.

Heather McDougal said...

I did see Hugo recently, and loved it. Thanks for mentioning it -- I need to write about it, perhaps in conjunction with some other stuff.