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Avoid Eye Contact: Best of NYC Animation Vol. 2 2005


Distributed by Microcinema International/Microcinema DVD, 2169 Folsom Street, Suite M101, San Francisco, CA 94110; 415-447-9750
Produced by Square Footage Films
Director n/a
DVD, color, 88 min.

College - Adult
Animation, Art, Humor, Media Studies, Popular Culture, Film Studies

Date Entered: 06/06/2006

Reviewed by Linda Frederiksen, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA

Animation – the creation of moving images from still drawings or objects – has been part of motion picture history since the beginning of filmmaking. From short two-dimensional cartoon sketches to full-length feature films to 3D computer-generated video games, animation involves both complex technical process and creative story-telling ideas. The variety of techniques used in production is as varied and innovative as the subject matter.

Ranging in length from two to ten minutes, the fifteen short films in this compilation are among the finest examples of both the process and the product of current animation. In addition to a sophisticated use of color, sound, theme, cinematography, and editing, each of the films displays a unique type of stop-motion, cel-shading or computer-generation technique. Produced by an independent group of New York City authors and illustrators, this second volume of contemporary animated shorts will delight both students and general audiences alike. Several of the animators - Bill Plympton, John Dilworth, and Fran Krause - and their featured shorts have won international film awards. Others are students and newcomers to the field. While most of the films are funny, utilizing adolescent humor, physical humor or social commentary in ingenious ways, a few are more serious and take on larger, more adult themes. Each, in its own way however, is exceptional. This DVD, as well as the first one in a series by the same name, is recommended for film studies programs and for anyone who enjoys animation technique and story.