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Still image: A meditative stop-motion short film examines the preservation and deterioration of a protracted iron harvest

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animation

#Animals
#Black and white
#Ice
#Insects
# Stop movement
#Video

December 30, 2020

Grace Ebert

Director in Brussels Soetkin Verstegen settles your methodical and nostalgic animation “freeze frame“As a” miniature cinema in an ice cube. “Produced in a grainy vintage style, the black and white short film loosely follows the workers harvesting and trying to preserve the frozen blocks. Insects, frogs and various creatures swim amidst the monotonous assembly line efforts over the frame and finally crystallize into skeletonized ice sculptures.

In a conversation with Short of the weekVerstegen spoke of the difficulty of using such a temporary material and called it “the most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image”. The boredom of stop-motion fits in with the repetitive movements of the film themes and forms “a playful puzzle with formal ideas about early cinema, decay and preservation”.

You can find more short films by Verstegen experimenting with animation techniques here Vimeo.

#Animals
#Black and white
#Ice
#Insects
# Stop movement
#Video

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