Friday, 10 May 2013

Smallest, Shortest, Micro Movie

Using lenticular technology, Dutch director Anton Corbijn collaborated with actress Carice van Houten to make a one second film that was printed and screened across the Netherlands on of all things ... a postage stamp. The stamp has thirty frames of film footage and shows a woman standing in front of a windmill biting a man's finger. It was released in October 2010 and as far as I am aware the film has no name, and has not been reviewed by Roger Ebert.

The original inspiration being a stamp designed by Cas Oorthuys in 1951. Here is the storyboard inspiration for Anton's transformative Movarium ...

Having done a quick reference hunt on the net, some lenticular resources you can research if this form of movie art takes your fancy are: Explain that stuff, Lenticular Movie Art (From Instructables), and Lenticular Printing. There's software that will assist but I think taking your project to a professional printing firm that does lenticular prints is the best bet for distribution. I'm not sure how you'd approach incorporating a soundtrack, perhaps in the framing? If sound was possible in Anton's movie, I wouldn't have the actress bite a finger, I'd instead have Carice fart and then have the windmill sails oscillate, but then that's just my Rabelais like ratiocination.

Below is Anton's one second micro epic.

1 second film on Dutch stamp by Anton Corbijn from KesselsKramer on Vimeo.

Note: The business Anton collaborated with (Kesselskramer) has a decidedly confusing web presence, on clicking on their links I ended up in some bizarre spots.

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