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The Gold Sparrow
May 16, 2014 12:23 AM   Subscribe

In a black-and-white world, artists fight to defend their color from THE GOLD SPARROW.

"The Gold Sparrow was shot on a DSLR over 3 years ago in live action. The editing, rotoscope animation, and finished musical composition took over fifteen months to complete. The head of animation, Michael Garza, created his own animation tool in order to create the beautiful and unique look you see in The Gold Sparrow after working on A Scanner Darkly for Richard Linklater. The musicians and the director starred in the film and all of the crew, their family, and friends were used as background players and subsequently animated."--From The Gold Sparrow Press Kit
posted by ob1quixote (18 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have no idea WTF I just watched, but am now even more in love with rotoscope than I was before watching it. Beautiful work.
posted by flabdablet at 12:58 AM on May 16


Nice! Reminds me of Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker. Except in that world you can't steal other's breath against their will. Hmmm... that would put an interesting twist on things...
posted by theony at 2:56 AM on May 16


Is it just me, or does this seem like Men's Rights Activist allegory?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 4:24 AM on May 16 [1 favorite]


But will he be another Sabiston who won't share the new tool?
posted by history is a weapon at 5:34 AM on May 16


Is it just me, or does this seem like Men's Rights Activist allegory?

Not just you.
posted by stebulus at 5:37 AM on May 16


Had to stop watching this - that song was horrific. Ruined it for me.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:53 AM on May 16


Had to stop watching this - that song was horrific. Ruined it for me.

I disagree about the music. It was very good. The art was also fantastically rendered. But yeah, I have to agree about the whole thing being a Men's Rights allegory. Also, it's was pretty much a 12 minute music video. Finally, I won't spoil it here, but I did enjoy of one particular character at the end.
posted by surazal at 6:03 AM on May 16


A beautiful technique that maybe didn't need to be put to use creating quite as many lovingly framed shots of her ass.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:42 AM on May 16


The music did not seem appropriate to the art. I almost stopped watching halfway through. I liked the visuals, but the whole experince together was a bit disjointed.
posted by trif at 7:32 AM on May 16


I didn't quite frame it as a Men's Rights thing in my mind, but I definitely couldn't help but notice that the theme was basically a beautiful woman using her devious charms to steal the life and soul from a bunch of men. Probably a coincidence, but not really enough of one to make it not entirely obvious.
posted by cthuljew at 8:34 AM on May 16 [1 favorite]


curse your devastating love, manic pixie girl!
posted by itstheclamsname at 9:12 AM on May 16


the theme was basically a beautiful woman using her devious charms to steal the life and soul from a bunch of men

That's one read. Mine was that here is a woman who is just so much more interesting than everybody else in the world as to render all their efforts to outdo her pointless and futile.

maybe didn't need to be put to use creating quite as many lovingly framed shots of her ass

It is indeed a lovingly framed ass, but not her most prominently featured aspect, I think; that would be her serenity and self-containedness, which struck me as even more lovingly portrayed.

On reflection, I think this might be a story about how cats perceive the world.
posted by flabdablet at 9:32 AM on May 16 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I dunno. The male gaze was strong with this one.
posted by cthuljew at 9:58 AM on May 16


And yet it was the female gaze that was all-conquering.

Whether you read the filmmaker's intent as admiring that quality or complaining about it is, I guess, up to you.
posted by flabdablet at 10:27 AM on May 16


Philosopher Dirtbike: “Is it just me, or does this seem like Men's Rights Activist allegory?”
For the record, if I had thought so, I wouldn't have posted it. I thought it was an allegory about trying to hold on to your artistic integrity in a world where the glittering gold of corporate interests removes the artistic impulse.
posted by ob1quixote at 2:12 PM on May 16


Joe no unnerstan movie.
posted by Joe in Australia at 9:49 PM on May 18


Joe gon havva nudder look den?
posted by flabdablet at 10:23 AM on May 19


That was insanely depressing, but I do have a chronic illness that's sucked away about 98% of my energy.
posted by jocelmeow at 1:52 PM on May 19


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