Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|DAVE MCKEAN'S KEANOSHOW |
Genres: Action & Adventure, Animation
In this stunning showcase of seventeen short works from designer, animator, and director Dave McKean (Mirrormask), surreal and evocative images combine with strange and original stories, to create a world of memory and dre... more »
Stunningly beautiful, tragically flawed
bp | USA | 11/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dave McKean's Keanoshow is both an inspiration and a caution for visual artists working in motion. In this large collection of short films, well-regarded illustrator/comic book artist Dave McKean translates his visual style into film using puppets, masks, actors and computer graphics. The work is sumptuously beautiful, but in the end is difficult to watch because it functions more like painting-in-motion than film. The problem is not the weakness of the narratives or stories as much as the way that McKean treats film as an extension of visual art. Film works best when told through the viewpoint of its characters. McKean, on the other hand, is always present in his work trying to design and compose his characters into existence. By imposing his vision from without, he sucks the spontaneity out of his creations, objectifying them. The effect is like watching storyboards in motion awaiting a spark of life.
Perhaps the most effective pieces here are the films. The use of real sets and the palpability of the film grain gives them an energy and integrity missing in the CG work. In his CG videos, McKean superimposes scratch film effects in an attempt to reinvest these videos with liveliness. But while this surface effect aspires to energy it ultimately discloses only the quick and easy reality of computer compositing.
Audiences interested in this kind of video/film may enjoy Chris Shepherd's short film Dad's Dead available on youtube and at higher res on the Sunshine DVD. Shepherd's approach is similar, but ultimately more successful in its ability to meld the layered, spatial world of visual art/special effects with the sequential nature of film."