12 responses to “He’s Back”

  1. Well that creeped the hell out of me!

    The sound design is incredible. The film making is excellent too, but after a while you’ve pretty much seen his bag of tricks and then it’s down to the editing and the sound to hold it all together. Which, yay, it does.

    Well done Mr Frost!

  2. The painting is *crazy*. I love it. I’m just saying that without the sound design, the painting would be just a trick. A really really really COOL trick, to be sure.

    Is that what Art is? I think it might be. A bunch of tricks fitted together into something that’s more.

    Which this film totally is, don’t get me wrong. It totally is.

    • Smogranch says:

      Personally, I wouldn’t call it a trick because it cheapens what he is actually doing and implies that it’s not based on talent. Perspective painting ain’t easy, at least not for most people, especially on the scale and complexity he works with it. And remember, he’s painting for 50 seconds, then running out of the frame, then running back in, over a 6-12 hour period. A trick to me is like shooting digital and hitting a button to mimic TRI-X. Anyone can do it. As for what art is? It’s something different to each person I’m finding out. That’s why I’m interviewing people and asking that very question.

    • That is a fair and reasonable point! I shouldn’t cheapen it. I don’t have a good word for what I mean, though.

      What I’m groping for is that the film demands all of its pieces. It is so much more than the sum of its parts. The parts are great, don’t get me wrong, but the thing itself is a lot bigger than them. Yeah, that’s the way to put it. I don’t mean to say “the parts are small” I mean to say “the whole things is huger even than the parts”.

    • Smogranch says:

      Yes, I think something emerges when the parts are combined. But what’s interesting to me is being able to see that before any of the parts are created. I once got a look at Ansel Adam’s work prints, and the thing that was obvious was he could see the final print before he made the images. Impressive.

    • .. which makes it, really, a triumph. A film should be more than the sum of its parts. That’s a victory condition.

  3. Wow. That is some of the most imaginative stop-motion I’ve ever seen. Makes Wallace & Grommit look like … plasticene. However, I do agree with Andrew Molitor’s (apparent) initial point, that it runs through a repertoire of tropes rather too quickly, and is saved by the soundtrack and editing. I think I’d go a little further, too, and say that what even an incredibly creative visual display like this really needs is a narrative, though I suppose that might be the point (I don’t know why you young folk have such a problem with naratives…).


    • Smogranch says:

      It looks pretty good to me. I can’t paint or play music or do time lapse or compile any of it,so I’m just impressed as is. It’s good to see him doing well with the work.

  4. I disagree, I don’t think it needs narrative.

    It’s right there in the name – this is ritual. I read “abstract” to imply that it’s ritual for no particular purpose. He is not attempting to invoke the gods to grant him victory in war, he is not performing a rite of marriage.

    It’s a rite for no purpose except its internal ones. Or for all purposes. Or whatever you want to make of it.

    The repeated tropes are important. That’s what makes it ritual.

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