Some Words about LNWC.
Those that know me know I obsess over animation. I know others are the same, but it’s always nice to be reminded of how much passion we have for the medium. Ghost Stories arrived yesterday and I popped along to see it playing in London, which was admittedly a far more rewarding experience compared to watching it in bed at 7.30 am like I nearly did. That kind of work deserves a dimly lit bar and a beer in hand.
(still from Charles Huettner’s film)
This is - simply - the best animation project I have ever seen. Not just because of the quality of work that is on show here (which is unbearably good) but also because I have never seen a group project of this sort before ever. It’s a sea change, a new way of producing and releasing work. It seems strange given the world we live in, to think collaboration and self publishing are so easy. Independent games production has blossomed over the last few years with a real scene cropping up around it. Take the Ludum Dare project for example, a group project where each member has 48 hours to create a game that contributes to the whole. I am not sure if animation lends itself to the same level of fandom, as animation can be such a solitary process, but Ghost Stories definitely feels like something created in that vein, a love letter to the medium by all those involved. Built out of motivation, I can more than empathise with this approach. And it feels as though it’s the way forward.
I find the Ghost Stories project pays testament to its online conception. It’s a project that was made possible through the web, a totally modern phenomenon, one that’s incredibly exciting, and it pays its dues by debuting on the medium that made it all possible. I’d highly recommend reading Scott Benton’s interview on Cartoon Brew on this matter here. I’ve recently realised that releasing my own work on the internet is a lot more rewarding than taking the traditional route of following the festival trail, and I hope that continues to be the case.
I won’t go in the particulars of what I liked about each film, but will just say that each has their own unique voice and beauty. Watch them. For me over the last few years short -making has always been a bit of a solitary activity. I carry it around in my head all day, everyday. LNWC’s work is a refreshing reminder that we are not alone. We are those who work late.