The Duellists (1997)

The Duellists (1997)

An experimental animation made at uni in 1997. To animate, my portable 14″ TV was placed face up on the carpet while I positioned myself over the TV with pen and paper. An animator’s peg bar was cello taped to one side of the screen to ensure that the paper would always be placed in exactly the same position. I drew about 3 frames every second. As you can see, it’s VERY jerky! I can still vividly remember the laborious process of clicking the VHS frame counter every time I drew a frame. By the end of the week the VHS player was seriously damaged and the tape was just one big glitch. At the time, I never contemplated making the sequel for sanity reasons! All in all, it took around 700 drawings before being shot under an old EOS stop-frame camera. The sound score is mainly Morricone, though I used soundbites from other well-known films. Looking back at this animation 20 years on, the work employs the same principles as DIY punk ethics. Basically, a heap of shoddy charcoal drawings awkwardly mashed together. The result being a confusing manic montage. After editing the rotoscoped version, it was whittled down to 2:32 seconds in duration.

Jason murray

 

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