The Ephemeral Worlds of Salter & Newberry
They are sober, fleeting, playful, to the point and extremely lovely.
I saw this video years ago and fell in love with the style, colouring and fleeting movements of it. It spoke to me. It looked simple and naïve, almost. But it felt rich and was full of life. I wondered how they came to this ‘feel’.
Working from Benedict's storyboards, Sandra started by painting sequences of animation, each painting 5 x 4cm. The images were then scanned and reassembled, placed in sequences and then joined with Benedict's voice recording and Paul A Murphy's music. The animation technique that evolved for this project -- - born out of a tight production timescale and zero budget --- is unusual because the scale of painting is very small and there is no registration of the the images.
I invite everyone to look at this video. Don’t think. Don’t try to figure out what or how. Just submerge yourself.
Cul de Sac
Cul de sac was short-listed for the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival competition, Berlin, and then included in a Special Programme of ZEBRA highlights at the 24th International Short Film Festival, Berlin. It was short-listed for the Purbeck Short Film Festival competition and selected for the See The Voice: VISIBLE VERSE 10th Anniversary Celebration & Festival, Vancouver, Canada.
The second time Sandra and Benedict worked together, they made The Royal Oak.
Quintessential British, I heard someone say about this videopoem. I’m not British, so I don’t know about that. I do know that this is a perfect little example of creative thinking and clever use of material, time and budget.
This video is clever, but it doesn’t shout that from the rooftops. This video is full of lovely details, but they don’t bite you on the nose. This video, again, is a perfect blend of sound, voice (a perfect reading by Tony Fish) and painted sequences.
The Royal Oak
I’ve seen this video on different occasions, in different venues. On large screens, on small screens. It never fails, never disappoints. I rarely saw an animated video that came this close to imitating real life, yet not looking like it.
These videos prove that big budgets are not always needed to deliver fantastic work. A warm love for the words, intelligent use of sources and a playful feel for rhythm and illustration can do so much more than money.
Benedict's poems have been widely published in poetry magazines and literary journals, including Ambit, Magma, Orbis, Acumen, Other Poetry, Borderlines and South Bank Poetry. He is a member of the King's Poets and performs at poetry events in London.
Sandra Salter has been working in animation since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1996. She has had a few films commissioned by channel4 a Bafta nomination in 2003 and these days makes web films for business and also makes films in for public information vein. www.saltysanimation.co.uk
Let’s explore something a bit darker. A perfect antidote for these bright and sunny days.
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