Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Short Film: Food Fight

This film comes from Tourist Pictures. According to their website: "Food Fight is an abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict. Watch as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination in this chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression."
The symbolic breakdown of the different foods can be found here.
The filmmaker would like you to know that none of the "cast" went to waste: it was either consumed by the filmmaker or his dog after shooting. The software used was Photoshop and After Effects, and took 3 months to do. And, "Although it seems like stop motion, most of it was stop motion created within After Effects, using key-frame animation. [...] Basically [he is] moving the food around within the program, frame by frame, which is the same as traditional stop motion, only it's digital."
That said, the film not only looks just like traditional stop motion animation, but like stop motion done well. The music, which is oddly infectious, fits the events perfectly. Tourist Pictures’ entertaining presentation of world aggression probably won’t improve your appetite, but Food Fight is a short but interesting and watchable visual treat from the title sequence of food grease slowly seeping through paper until its messy final.

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