The stop-motion story of a bookmark that comes alive – Much Better Now

Narrative:

The main character is a bookmark, stuck in a forgotten book. Both are connected by chance, in a life marked by standstill in a deserted room.

One day a window is pressed open by a gust of wind, knocking over the book and blowing the bookmark onto the table. As they become separated, the journey begins. While the bookmark watches from a distance, the wind catches the pages, turning them into ocean waves.

Unfolding hands and feet, the bookmark is swept back into the book. With a surfboard taken from the book, the character is given the opportunity to experience its environment in a new way – wipeouts, washouts and nosedives in a wild ocean follow. Just as our hero is willing to resign, the ocean carries it higher and higher on a wave frozen in time – they become one. The wave breaks, releasing everything back into motion.

The bookmark enjoys the ride of its life, carving and floating its way in and out of tubes, until the last page is reached. The book cover closes with a snap, spitting out the surfer. The journey through this episode of its life is over. As the protagonist tries to get back into the book, light reveals other parts of the room, fully packed with bookshelves. It faces endless challenges in its newly gained freedom.

 

A short video – Making of…

 

Credits:

production: Salon Alpin
direction / script / animation: Philipp Comarella, Simon Griesser
sound / music: Silvio Canazei
gaffer: Thomas Welz
animation: Christoph “Kris” Staber

… and many helping hands!

 

Awards:

” Bronzener Nagel” – Art Directors Club Germany 2012
” Rookie of the Year” – Creativ Club Austria
“Special Mention” Rome Idependent Film Festival 2012
“3rd Price” Athens Film And Video Festival 2012

Official Selection: ECU 2012 Paris, Mo & Friese Hamburg, Taafi 2012 Toronto, SAL Surf At Lisbon 2012,…

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