Today's Park City Dispatch on the GreenCine blog is from Hannah
Eaves, who notes that, the dreaded
animations aside, this year's festival has played host to some especially strong shorts. Among them: the Academy
Award-nominated Wasp, directed by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, which Eaves compares to
the work of British Realists Michael Winterbottom and Ken Loach - strong praise for a
Eaves also commends another film recently kissed by AMPAS, the animated short Ryan - "by far the most talked about short at this year's festival" - in which filmmaker Chris Landreth depicts a conversation between himself and his mentor, Ryan Larkin. Eaves breaks down Landreth's unique aesthetic vision:
3D animation is used to recreate the scene of the conversation, but Landreth takes advantage of its flexibility to make each character's appearance reflect their mental state. For instance, neither has a fully fleshed out head. In moments of mental suffocation, brightly colored ribbons sprout out of Landreth's skull and wrap his face tightly. When he warns Larkin about his alcohol problem, a neon halo sprouts from the top of his head.
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