UPDATE: Victory! It would seem them Winston has agreed to release the short in all its glorious 3 minutes over on his Vimeo account (also above). Watch it now, freak out a bit, and go back for seconds… it’s worth it!
After what has to be my longest search for a short film ever, I’m proud to say that I have finally been lucky enough to see Max Winston’s I Live in the Woods!, a film which the director describes as “a woodsman’s frantic journey, driven by happiness, slaughter, and a confrontation with America’s God.” Seriously, I’ve been hunting this thing ever since I first laid eyes on the timeline teaser video and trailer (see above) Winston released way back in 2008.
Why was I so obsessed you ask? Maybe it’s because Winston, who has since worked on stop motion shorts for the likes of Chowder, Flapjack, and Titan Maximum, is one of the most elusive yet insanely creative individuals I’ve come across in some time. Heck, it’s taken me this long just to figure out how to get in touch with the man, described by fellow animator Adam Elliott (Mary and Max) as “dark, twisted, [and] poetic.” I would add that, at least from his email and various videos of him I’ve seen, Winston also seems like a fun-loving, horror fan.
His love of horror is all the more evident after watching I Live in the Woods! which takes the slightly off-kilter humor of the aforementioned shows and ratchets up the cartoon violence to Riki-Oh levels of insanity. In the course of its 3 1/2 minute timeframe Winston unleashes a grab bag of outlandish (and nightmarish) visuals that incorporate stop motion animation, taxidermy, possible agoraphobia (anxiety disorder in which there are repeated attacks of intense fear and anxiety), and a distinct sense of rebellion against religion (specifically Christianity). In other words… just my kind of film!
Although there’s been no official announcement, Winston did mention that he’s currently working on Special Edition DVD for fans and that it’s “almost done.” For more information or to show you support, visit Winston on his Vimeo and YouTube channels or on his blog, Max’s Magical Mountain of Mush.