Watch “Adam,” an Award-Winning Short Claymation That Wonderfully Re-Tells the Story of Creation

Above, watch ‘Adam,’ a short clay­ma­tion made by Eve­lyn Jane Ross while attend­ing the Rhode Island School of Design. As she points out in a recent inter­view, ‘Adam’ is “noth­ing like Wal­lace and Gromit; it’s nei­ther a children’s sto­ry nor does it have a dis­tinct char­ac­ter. Instead, it’s a poet­ic nar­ra­tive depict­ing love and emo­tion­al sin­cer­i­ty. It uses the mal­leable nature of clay to empha­size the main idea, cre­ation. ‘Adam’ also defies the per­cep­tion that ani­ma­tion is a children’s medi­um. The film could eas­i­ly be rat­ed “R” for “MATURE” audi­ences only.” She then adds:

I read a quote by Stan­ley Kubrick, ‘A film is — or should be — more like music than like fic­tion. It should be a pro­gres­sion of moods and feel­ings. The theme, what’s behind the emo­tion, the mean­ing, all that comes lat­er’. This quote real­ly guid­ed my pro­gres­sion. It seemed like a won­der­ful way to think of struc­ture and tim­ing. The mean­ing, yes, came lat­er.

Although Ross made the film main­ly to ful­fill some senior year require­ments at RISD, she got some extra mileage out of the clay­ma­tion. Among oth­er awards, it won Best Ani­mat­ed Film at the Yale Stu­dent Film Fes­ti­val, the Berlin Flash Film Fes­ti­val, and San­ta Fe Inde­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val. And it was a BAFTA Stu­dent Awards Final­ist. Enjoy.

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