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An Animated Poem.
Written, Narrated, and Directed by Anne-Renée Dumont
Storyboards, Animation, & Designs by Mirco Chen
Supa-Dawg Designed by Scott MacDonald
Music, Backgrounds & Hand Drawn Type by Anne-Renée Dumont
April 25, 2014
The two-time Oscar winner for "Crac!" and "The Man Who Planted Trees" had reached a wise old age but lost none of his passion, or the wonder or outrage that have always moved him. Frédéric Back was, and will always remain, a model for us all.
Here's the trailer for the biographical documentary film.
Four months ago today, Frédéric Back passed away at the age of 89. I'm so glad this film got made before his passing, and is now available to purchase here.
He was a prolific illustrator and graphic artist in addition to being an astounding filmmaker and animator. He documented his life and work in extensive detail on his personal website. Something else worth reading is this remembrance by historian Charles Solomon.
His films, beautiful and expressive works of art in their own right, are also noteworthy for their environmental and social consciousness. A true artist, and a master of his craft.
Tout rien (1978)
The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)
The Mighty River (1993, in French)
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April 05, 2014
The 5th and final season premieres this coming September.
Each passing season has gotten better and better. The quality of the writing, story structure, character development, acting, editing, props, sets and costumes, have all been nothing short of stellar. But in my opinion, the cinematography has been especially astounding.
Here I've singled out episode 5, from season 4. It stood out to me as being notably exceptional in this category, it's titled "Erlkönig", directed by Tim Van Patten. You will see how well-placed props, specific angles, thoughtful framing and lighting, and well planned scene setups have all lead to some beautiful shot compositions. With careful and deliberate choices of color texture, perspective, depth of field, and lighting - these elements worked together to create an appealing and well-balanced image. Even the way actors are leaning or tilted in a shot, or effects like cigarette smoke, shadows, and highlights add to the purposeful way the viewers eyes are continually lead to the focal point.
In particular, this episode had interesting artistic and stylistic choices. A few sequences are shown with the characters' positions heavily favoring one side of the frame. To me this skillfully portrays the context of the situation the characters are in.
Loneliness, isolation, desperation, paranoia, seeking opportunities, gaining power, losing control; all these are common themes in the series, and the cinematography always compliments these themes, these moments, these emotions.
If you haven't watched season 4 yet, the following displays spoilers.
David Franco is a Director of Photography for Boardwalk Empire. He has worked on the second, third and fourth seasons. He has been active since 1987 and has also worked on the films The Assignment (1997), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie in 2007 for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007).