martes, 17 de septiembre de 2013

Wat's Pig - Peter Lord (1996)

El Cerdo de Wat
Reino Unido | 11 min | Sin Diálogos

En la Edad Media, dos gemelos de noble cuna son separados casi al nacer. A uno le tocará vivir como monarca de su feudo mientras al otro, al ser criado por un cerdo, le toca vivr como la vida modesta y laboriosa de un campesino.

Un film elaborado mediante Stop Motion y cuidadosamente estructurado a partir de la doble perspectiva representado en la constante pantalla doble o split-screen. Para este film, P. Lord plantea este recurso viusual no solo cómo ejercicio técnico sino también cómo elemento narrativo.

"In a Medieval castle, a marauder tries to kidnap the twin infant sons of the lord. He makes off with only one, whom he drops about a mile away. A pig rescues this baby, so one brother grows up high on the hog, the other down with the swine; one is lazy, his lost brother is industrious. Years later, when a neighboring prince declares war, the brother in the castle is too soft to fight. Through happenstance, the twins are united just before the final battle. Will the upper-class brother let his humble sibling lead the troops to certain defeat and death?" (IMBD)

"You used a very interesting split-screen technique in Wat's Pig. How did you go about doing that?

PL: As a concept, it was in there right from the start. I think it is interesting as a way with story telling, not just as a technical exercise. I think about Paul Driessen's film, The End of the World in Four Seasons, a similar storytelling approach. There was a time when I thought of doing more of the film in split-screen, not the whole film, but more with split-screen, but that [idea] slowly eroded as I worked on the storyboards. I felt it would become too "tricksy." It was, in a way, an intellectual challenge, but technically, we went about it in the most quaint, old-fashioned way imaginable, with film opticals at the end. Exactly why we didn't composite it electronically, I'm not quite sure. I wish we had, it would have been a lot easier!. It's funny, the way we work, it's like we were in a time warp, really. It's like making a film 20 years ago or something. We didn't assemble two halves of the image until the end, so I didn't really know how things would work out accurately until the end." (Fragmento de entrevista a Peter Lord)!JYs0QB4b!EEnJM1IvZx13hilzM_OTRGKOCKtqT0sKYUdGvhhK9X0

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