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Out on a Limb: The Films of Caroline Leaf

Subtitle
Films of Caroline leaf, The
Synopsis
A compilation of films by American animator Caroline Leaf.
1: (1974, 8 min). Based on an Inuit story, illustrates the folly of marrying a creature who is not of one’s own kind. Leaf worked with Inuit crew members and used sand to create the images.
2: (1990, 10 min). Based on a story by Pierre Hébert about the twisted symbiotic relationship between a disfugured writer and her sister. The images are produced by scratching the emulsion off the film stock. (In French with English subtitles)
3: (1976, 10 min). Based on a short story by Canadian writer Mordecai Richler, telling how a young Jewish boy and his family react to the death of his grandmother. The medium is water-based tempera colours mixed with oil on milk glass, and the images were manipulated by finger-painting.
4: (1979, 13 min). A quasi-documentary in which Caroline leaf and another animator compare their loneliness, their techniques and their attitudes toward life. Shows an array of animation techniques.
5: (1978, 1 min). Created for MTV’s series of ART BREAKS, this film was animated by etching directly into the film’s emulsion and adding colour in video post-production.
6: (1977, 9 min). Based on Franz Kafka’s novella about a young man who wakes up one day to find himself turned into a giant cockroach, this animation uses sand on glass to create strong black-and-white images.
7: (1994, 35 min). Caroline Leaf talks about her work and demonstrates such techniques as sand animation, paint and cut-out animation, and scratch animation.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 87 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale; 1999 sale: £12.99 (inclusive)
Notes
THE STREET and THE METAMORPHOSIS OF MR SAMSA are also available on a separate compilation entitled ANIMATION CLASSICS.
Subjects
Media studies
Keywords
animation films; Leaf, Caroline

Credits

Director
Caroline Leaf

Sections

Title
Owl who married a goose, The
Synopsis
1: (1974, 8 min). Based on an Inuit story, illustrates the folly of marrying a creature who is not of one's own kind. Leaf worked with Inuit crew members and used sand to create the images.

Title
Entre deux soeurs / Between two sisters
Synopsis
2: (1990, 10 min). Based on a story by Pierre Hébert about the twisted symbiotic relationship between a disfugured writer and her sister. The images are produced by scratching the emulsion off the film stock. (In French with English subtitles)

Title
Street, The
Synopsis
3: (1976, 10 min). Based on a short story by Canadian writer Mordecai Richler, telling how a young Jewish boy and his family react to the death of his grandmother. The medium is water-based tempera colours mixed with oil on milk glass, and the images were

Title
Interview, The 1
Synopsis
4: (1979, 13 min). A quasi-documentary in which Caroline leaf and another animator compare their loneliness, their techniques and their attitudes toward life. Shows an array of animation techniques.

Title
I met a man
Synopsis
5: (1978, 1 min). Created for MTV's series of ART BREAKS, this film was animated by etching directly into the film's emulsion and adding colour in video post-production.

Title
Metamorphosis of Mr Samsa, The
Synopsis
6: (1977, 9 min). Based on Franz Kafka's novella about a young man who wakes up one day to find himself turned into a giant cockroach, this animation uses sand on glass to create strong black-and-white images.

Title
Hand crafted cinema
Synopsis
7: (1994, 35 min). Caroline Leaf talks about her work and demonstrates such techniques as sand animation, paint and cut-out animation, and scratch animation.

Production Company

Name

National Film Board of Canada

Email
customerservice@nfb.ca
Web
http://www.nfb.ca External site opens in new window
Phone
(514) 283 9000
Fax
(514) 283-7564
Address
Sales and Customer Service (D-10)
PO Box 6100
Station Centre-Ville
Montreal
QC H3C 3HS
Canada

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
 

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