Animator-in-focus: Jan Svankmajer

Just like his category fluid films, Jan Svankmajer refuses to be pigeon holed as a one kind of filmmaker.

“Animators tend to construct a closed world for themselves, like pigeon fanciers or rabbit breeders.” Svankmajer stated in an interview, “I never call myself an animated filmmaker because I am interested not in animation techniques or creating a complete illusion, but in bringing life to everyday objects.”

Born in Prague in 1934, he uses live-action, puppets, collage, drawn animation, montage, clay and object stop-motion animation that mingles together in harmony and conflict. Objects that are often shaded in obscurity takes up the centre-stage of meaning and relevance. Dreams breakdown and reality escapes in muffled scream of sudden realisation and perpetual motion.

Svankmajer brings to life all the ordinary corners of the domesticity and the inner recesses of the human mind. He defies world and creates stunning universes of experience.

Recommended movie: Little OtikΒ 

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