martes, 17 de septiembre de 2013

The Saint Inspector - Mike Booth (1996)


El Inspector de Santos
Reino Unido | 5 min | Sin Diálogos

Un obeso asceta vive solitario en una plataforma a lo alto de las montañas, esto hasta el momento en que su paz es perturbada por un inspector mecánico que va a revisar el estado de salud del hombre. Elaborado mediante una combinación entre stop motion y claymation, este film fue nominado en 1996 al premio BAFTA como Mejor cortometraje de animación.


"Hace años, Mike Booth se empeño en sacar adelante un proyecto personal que pese a quedarse incompleto, le permitió trabajar como animador en varias producciones de Ardman (Chicken's Run, Morph, Angry Kid...). Años después escribió este corto y Bolex Brothers (Tom Thumb) se ofreció a producirlo en 1996. Poco hemos encontrado sobre los, seguro, numerosos premios que habrá ganado, aunque sí sabemos que se quedo sin el Bafta del '97 al mejor corto de animación, que por cierto, lo ganó Sylvian Chomet.

Actualmente, Mike se encuentra en Valencia como director (...) de la serie Clay Kids, un programa que dará mucho que hablar en el mundo stop-motionero en los próximos meses." (Puppets and Clay Stop Motion Blog)
 
"..."this enigmatic work bears a certain literary weight, not unlike a wordless Beckett play. In five minutes of stop-action clay animation both brooding and scintillating, "The Saint Inspector" shows a higher being in a state of pious bliss enduring the attentions of a meddling official from some sort of high altitude bureaucracy."
Jan Herman - Los Angeles Times (...)


(...) A higher being in a state of pious bliss endures the attentions of a meddling official. The Saint Inspector is a five-minute film that was completed in May 1996.
It originated as a quick doodle of a lonesome hermit sitting on top of a tall pole, who became the "Saint on a Stick" character. Early versions of the story had the saint being tempted by demons and pushed off his perch, but it soon evolved into the inspection scenario that was filmed.
After completing the narrative, writer/director Mike Booth drew up storyboards which he took to
Dave Borthwick at bolexbrothers saw something in the work that he liked, and made the decision to go ahead and make the film, employing a crew who had worked on previous projects with the studio. The full crew list can be seen under credits.
Mike imagined the shoot would take six weeks. He had never made a film before. It took twelve.
The Saint Inspector premiered at Cardiff International Animation Festival in May 1996, and went on to appear at over a hundred festivals around the world, winning several awards." (Bolex Brothers).


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