Eyes Open Wide: FilmBilder – Love & Theft

FilmBilder – Love & Theft

What is UP Clubhouse?! As always I want to welcome you back to your bi-weekly, non-refundable installment of Eyes Open Wide. Are you ready? Because it is time to fight for trippy, animated justice!

In a world of cartoon mediocrity, a few companies continue to help artists push the boundaries of regular animation. One of these companies is FilmBilder. Leaving regular cartoons gasping for air under the broken rubble of the now dystopian world of animation, FilmBilder moves forwards never looking back, screaming into the face of conventionalism with one fist in the air they help carry the heavy load that is trippy animation into the murky horizon of our futures.

This particular animation, Love & Theft, is that great combination of an awesome, well-synced soundtrack, trippy shape shifting animation and plenty of What-The-Fucketry! It starts off with no colour and just a central animation shape shifting into a series of different faces and shapes, as the video goes on and colour is added the music changes appropriately with the animation. This is definitely a video that gets better as it goes on as it is a little slow to start and most ‘dyed in the wool’ animation fans may want to give up but don’t, it gets awesome!

Script, direction: Andreas Hykade
Design, animation: Andreas Hykade
Animation assistance: Angela Steffen
Art work: Natalia Eck
Compositing: Christof Hoffmann
Sound, Music: Heiko Maile
Funding: MFG and FFA
Production assistance: Simone Fischer
Production: Thomas Meyer-Hermann
Studio: FILM BILDER 2010

Don’t fall off the world… and when you’re through to the other side, remember to keep your Eyes open Wide!

Written by Ben Furse

Half man, half top hat, all strange kid. Ben has what could be called an unhealthy obsession with all things animated and twisted. He spends his days producing music, contemplating the superfluous consciousness of parallel stimuli and absorbing as much animation and information as his now shriveled brain can handle. In a last ditch attempt to communicate with the world outside his window he now logs his opinions and views to release upon the internet. With sleeping patterns as strange as the man himself he has more than enough time to invade your minds...

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