I have dug up the zoetrope, a pre-cinema optical toy, and am using it to create and explore a visual language of loops and spirals. When spun, the complex circular sculptures, dubbed cinetropes, are a blur to the human eye but come to full animated life when viewed through shutter glasses or the lens of a fast-shutter video camera. The Bellows March runs anthropomorphized concertinas through a cycle of destroy-create-destroy, and bridges digital and physical animation processes via 3-D printed, hand-painted cinetropes.
Visually and aurally mesmerizing. It is rare to see something this unique and well-realized.
--Frank Mouris, groundbreaking creator of Frank Film
Best Animated Film, Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival
Winner, 2Q Competition, Animazing Spotlight
Director’s Choice Award, Black Maria Film and Video Festival
London, Melbourne, and Ottawa International Animation Festivals, Official Selection
South by Southwest and Slamdance, Official Selection