Negative Space

There’s something reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s films in the matter of fact, removed tone of this slightly ominous yet strangely charming short by animators Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata aka: Tiny Inventions. This married directing team “spends most of their time hunched over things” and they received over 130 awards at 300+ film festivals worldwide including an Oscar nomination for Negative Space.

The film was Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge. Tiny Inventions belabored using the actual materials – fabrics, plastics and leather – one would find in the life-sized versions of the numerous objects featured in this story about a relationship between father and son. I love this making of, and Ru’s not at all abashed confession at the end, “animators….we’re all crazy.”

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