Japanese Animation Scene - The CALF Collective
The first of two programs that open the window - at least a little - on what's going on in the young Japanese animation scene. The CALF Collective is a small group of young Japanese indie animators that decided to pool resources and take their work to the world under a single banner. It's worked extremely well with CALF screenings of one kind or another in a vast array of festivals around the world in the last 18 months. And now it's our turn to check out this group of Japanese indie animation trendsetters.
Featured in AIAF2012Program Type: Films
|The Mechanism Of Spring
Upside down turtles, rotating frog wheels and a deer sniffing a t-shirt. Spring is in the air.
A lonely moment in a consultation room - the indications are not good. But the news isn't made any better by turning it all into a macabre stage play.
A graceful collection of intricately created abstract creatures comes out to play.
The slow journey towards thawing is part natural phenomena, part frightening inner battle.
A magnificently macabre, deliciously dark vision of the inner demons that race around the mind of a little match-seller condemned to the cold and dark.
The increasingly varied the sounds, the greater is the number of creatures.
Some moments take a lot more cleaning up after than others. Just as some moments are harder to explain than others.
An ingeniously simple idea brilliantly executed. The most fun you can have in a room with a few flashlights and some fake steps!
An elegant, almost art-deco-ish piece of rolling geometrical imagery from the master of the form.