Monday, May 18, 2015

Currently Watching 5.18.15 should I just melt this post into Kyle's or


I'm pretty sure all of us are familiar with Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, at least tangentially. For anyone who's shaky on the plot, it follows an old fisherman named Santiago who hasn't been able to catch a fish for 84 days as he lines an enormous marlin and spends two days and nights attempting to reel it in. It's considered a literary classic, yadda, yadda, isn't this Currently Watching?

Fine, here, look. This lovely oil painting is of a scene at the beginning of the book, when Santiago is telling his apprentice Manolin about his rowdy youth.


Here he is rowing out to sea on his 85th day of bad luck.


This is when Santiago first hooks the marlin.


And what an impressive fish it is.


Wouldn't this make a beautiful movie?


I hope you all see where I'm going with this.


These are screencaps from a 20 minute film, the entirety of which is animated with oil paintings on glass, done by a Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov and his son Dimitri. There's this thing about animation; it takes an astronomical amount of time and work. Like, hours of work for five seconds of bare-bones outlines with zero flair. Most animated movies you'll see in theaters will have had of dozens of animators bringing them to life, and The Old Man and the Sea only had two people doing this. With oil painting! Crushing a brick in your fist would probably be easier.


If you've ever wanted to see an oil painting come to life, if you want to see an animated adaptation of a literary classic, if you have 20 minutes to kill, watch this film. Fuse your inner artist to your inner lit nerd. Find your zen. Ascend.

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