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I first saw it projected on a large screen at an arthouse cinema in Utrecht, not knowing anything about it, and not knowing how long it would last. (Most independent shorts at festivals run 5- 10 minutes, and most struggle to hold one's attention at even that length.) That viewing was unforgettable and inspiring.

Would it have had the impact on me if it was something I happened upon while surfing animators' websites and I viewed on my laptop screen sitting in my office? Or with expectations built up by someone who was proselytizing its artistic merit? Hard for me to say. I probably would not be writing lengthy theoretical pieces and posting them online.

But since there was some argument after the decision to award the film, and I was on that jury, I feel a duty to respond to those who questioned the reasoning of the judges.

Peter Chung, Sunday, 17 February 2008 18:17 (thirteen years ago) link

This Aldridge individual seems to show some fine potential for constructive rhetorical engagement.

Or is that critical?

Mark Mars, Monday, 18 February 2008 04:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Usually critical.
I'm a bit of a dick, I'm afraid. A small dick though, so I'm at the same time ashamed of my presentation and always ready to compensate by being more of an ass. Bottoms up!
Jolly good to see you around again Mark.

J. F. Aldridge, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 22:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, yeah?

You're making it difficult for me to be a jerk. Let alone a smartass! Damn!

Sonofabitch outdid me there

Shit, I'm gonna go to my room, now...(don't ask).

Mark Mars, Thursday, 21 February 2008 03:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Not sure how "typical non-narrative" these are, but I've really been enjoying Code Hunters, Fallen Art, and Elephants Dream of late. What's everyone think about them? I love the style of Code Hunters. Fallen Art is devilishly fun to watch. And Elephant Dreams, on the darker side of things, has a definite Matrix feel to me, and ironically enough, reminds me of a bad dream you can’t wake up from.

chopsticktrick, Thursday, 21 February 2008 15:21 (thirteen years ago) link

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