Phrembah (a potato-like mystery) (phrembah) wrote,
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)

Have you ever seen Brent Green's animated shorts?

Google Nervous Films.  They are these primitive little hand-drawn things that start out looking like they were drawn by a third grader but end up pretty cool.  The (mostly) stick figure characters are drawn on clear "cels" that are changed and photographed and changed and photographed and changed and photographed giving the illusion of motion.  I suppose that's what animation is all about and has been for a hundred years, but what's different about these is that you can see the edges of the cellophane (or whatever) and the scotch tape used to hold it in place.  It's crude but quaint and very artsy, if you ask me.  He puts weird homemade music to them and narrates them in a squeaky stressed out voice which probably inspired the Nervous Films moniker.  Each one is like a weird-ass little wall hanging that you can sit there and look at for a few minutes.

I want to see his movie "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then" again.  He's never released it on DVD.  He tours with it, playing little art houses one night at a time (I saw him with it at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque).  It probably won't come out on DVD till he's tired of touring it.  And it probably won't show in Albuquerque again.  We were lucky to get one showing here in the sticks.
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