The fourth and final film of my choosing for our Film Society’s month of ‘grown-up’ animation was Jimmy Murakami’s bleak adaptation of Raymond Brigg’s graphic novel When the Wind Blows.
The third screening in my month of grown-up animation for the Leeds College of Art Students Union Film Society (LCASUFS) was René Laloux’s La Planète Sauvage. Another fancy trip through strange and unknown plains that (I hoped) would prompt more introspective speculation as well as a little look at the significance of all forms of life, or an opening of sticky cognitive doors. This screening was much more of a success – 10 audience members! I think the funky French soundtrack playing loud may have enticed them all the more down to the basement – the poster was more straightforward too. Just graphite drawings scanned in and coloured in Photoshop:
Then my awful type on top of that:
Dance again featured as an important (maybe even the ultimate) activity for the Draags – though it is interesting that this ‘strange courtship ritual’ is acted out in other giant beasts on another planet – the Draags, using their transcendental meditation to become the ‘heads’ of the alien headless nudes, control the bodies in an elegant ballroom-style dance. These hyper intelligent beings, doing their courtship through an outside and non-Draag medium – akin to some of those fancy post- and trans-human ideas.
I was commandeering the Film Society throughout the month of March – showing my pick of four ‘grown-up’ animated films. The first – and still my favourite – was Masaaki Yuasa’s Mind Game. My poster was based on one of my favourite scenes from the film, a hugely influential piece of animation for my FMP:
Although I had only one viewing companion (potentially a result of the almost unreadable text on the poster), seeing it on our Studio Theatre’s big screen was a marvel. Here’s a sickening GIF of the making process – three/four preliminary sketches resulted in the final form, which was scanned in and filled out using Photoshop and the Wacom. I’ll really miss these college resources when I’m gone.
And the final, static poster:
Just a final note, Mind Game has one of the most beautiful sex scenes I have ever seen too.