SSF: “A Short Love Story In Stop Motion”

SSF: “A Short Love Story In Stop Motion” May 18, 2015

Today’s short film, Carlos Lascano’s “A Short Love Story in Stop Motion,” is more than seven years old. I have absolutely no idea why it’s taken me this long to find it. I love the mixture of mediums; parts of it feel very 3D/physical/claymation-y, and parts of it feel very 2D/ethereal/hand-drawn. And parts of it feel very …both.

Using such disparate styles simultaneously feels really unconventional (to me). That’s probably why watching the “Behind the Scenes” stuff — which digs down into how (and why) Carlos created his unusual style — is almost as much fun as watching the short itself. Almost. (Oh, and using Sigur Rós’ “Jumping Into Puddles” is kind of genius. Lots to love here.)

A couple of pencil-outlined birds escape from a little girl´s drawing, leading us through the life she dreams of.

There’s something thematically similar to the Prologue from Up here, though it’s not quite as focused (or as emotionally impactful/devastating). I suspect the lack of focus is connected to the lack of punch, and the multi-style approach probably contributes, as well. But that’s part of why I love it, so I guess I’ll have to take it “as is.” (The silouette section reminds me of Andrey Shuskov’s “Invention of Love,” which I posted a few weeks back. And there’s a quick section with “framing hands” that really reminded me of Edson Oda’s “Malaria.”)

Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of Carlos Lascano and all respective creators and/or distributors.

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