The separation

Bringas, Sylvie and Morgan, Robert (2003) The separation. [Video]

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10-minute animated film using puppets to tell story of separated conjoined brothers who yearn all their lives to be physically reunited, and eventually act upon their desire – with tragic consequences. The project was a collaboration between Bringas, as producer, and Morgan, as director and has won several festival prizes. The Separation is a short animation film exploring the myth of the ‘ideal self’, the self made ‘whole’ through the intervention of technology. Its aesthetic emerged from an imperative to shock and trigger feelings of discomfort and ambivalence in the audience with regards to the realism of the puppets and their processing through machinery and body horror. Bringas (producer) and Morgan (director) worked together on designing and making the puppets, whose surface texture was a major vehicle for expressing character and metaphor: the translucent quality of the flesh was achieved through mixing silicon and rubber materials. The sexual aesthetics were further refined through their collaboration with the production designer and cinematographer. Post-production involved substantial digital compositing, on which Bringas collaborated with digital artist, Alejandra Jimenez. The Separation was commissioned through a competitive process by S4C, SGRÎN and The Arts Council of Wales, receiving £68K funding in total. It was made to broadcast and theatrical exhibition specifications on 35 mm film, over a nine month period. The film was broadcast on S4C, ARTE, and RTVE (Spain), and has won a string of awards including: Welsh BAFTA, UK: Best Short Film, 2004; Best Animation: Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2004; Jury Prize: San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, Spain. 2003; Critics Prize: Cinanima International Animation Festival, Portugal, 2003; Grand Prix: Animated Dreams Film Festival, Estonia, 2003, plus at least ten others. It is still touring festivals and is distributed on DVD by Synapse Films, as part of their Small Gauge Trauma collection. Bringas and Morgan work in a collaborative producer/director relationship, with ongoing dialogue about all creative decisions. Bringas has established herself internationally as a leading producer of innovative animation and is currently developing a feature project with Morgan.

Item Type: Video
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2008 11:24
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2011 15:00

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