Friday, July 29, 2005

The animation



The hand-painted animated sequences in LOOK BOTH WAYS (which represent Meryl’s internal life) have their origin in Sarah’s short films. They use the same signature ‘painterly’ style, although the production method has evolved.

Animator Emma Kelly (who collaborated with Sarah on her shorts) drew all the cells over several months. Each drawing was scanned and printed onto suitable water-absorbent paper. Sarah then hand-painted all the ‘watery’ sequences, and Clare Callinan (again a previous collaborator) painted the other sequences, with Sarah finishing each painting. All the painted cells were then re-scanned at Iloura Digital Pictures in Melbourne, camera moves were resolved, and the sequences were recorded out onto 35mm, for integration into the film.

The photographic sequences (for Nick’s internal imaginings) were all created by a vfx team (led by Peter Webb) at Iloura, using a broad collection of ‘found’, assembled and commissioned photographs and other digitally generated imagery.

Sarah Watt: “The animated sequences are a way of giving Nick and Meryl a visible internal life, rather than relying only on the actors’ performances. It’s one that’s special to each of them: to a painter, and a photographer. From this example, you can imagine that all the characters would have internal lives.

“Meryl's animation enlarges a previous painterly style of mine, as well as the disaster-imagining neurotic character. I think it’s how most people go through life, presenting an external appearance of coping while inside they're thinking each day 'HOLY COW! We're all going to die!’ And how that can be exacerbated in times of stress. Meryl has just lost her father, so right now she's focussing on death.

“Nick's animation is about the visual memories you collect in your life. He's having a summing-up kind of weekend. He can see what he's been and, at the end of the film, he finally sees where he's going. You know he'll remember that weekend all his life because, in some way, time paused.”

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The animation scenes in "Look Both Ways" were a fantastic and imaginative method for communicating the characters deep seated thoughts and feelings.

I really enjoyed these scenes. They kind of jump out at you from the screen as you are forced to realign your perceptions of the storyline and the character's journey.

10:54 am, September 02, 2005

 
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4:55 pm, October 23, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I've just seen the movie for the first time and it is absolutely brilliant. My only query is, can I access a gallery of the artwork, or purchase prints in any way?? It is spectacular, and I would love a huge copy of Meryl's painting.
Thank you for your thought provoking work... there is so much I appreciate about it, but I'll just say thank you.

4:53 pm, August 20, 2006

 
Anonymous Dong said...

i totally love the techniques used in that film,photomontage and animation,which are excellent!
the film is good!

9:56 pm, March 25, 2009

 

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