Watch a Visual Symphony of Everyday Objects in the French Stop Motion Film, “Grands Canons”

“A brush makes water­col­ors appear on a white sheet of paper. An every­day object takes shape, drawn with pre­ci­sion by an artist’s hand. Then two, then three, then four… Super­im­posed, con­densed, mul­ti­plied, thou­sands of doc­u­men­tary draw­ings in suc­ces­sive series come to life on the screen, com­pos­ing a ver­i­ta­ble visu­al sym­pho­ny of every­day objects. The accu­mu­la­tion, both fas­ci­nat­ing and dizzy­ing, takes us on a trip through time.” That’s how the Vimeo chan­nel of Girelle Pro­duc­tions pref­aces the ani­ma­tion “Grands Canons” (aka “Big Guns”) by French film­mak­er Alain Biet. It’s a wild ride, a painstak­ing feat in exper­i­men­tal film­mak­ing. Enjoy it above.

If you would like to sign up for Open Culture’s free email newslet­ter, please find it here. Or fol­low our posts on Threads, Face­book, BlueSky or Mastodon. If you would like to sup­port the mis­sion of Open Cul­ture, con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your con­tri­bu­tions will help us con­tin­ue pro­vid­ing the best free cul­tur­al and edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als to learn­ers every­where. You can con­tribute through Pay­Pal, Patre­on, and Ven­mo (@openculture). Thanks!

via Aeon/Kot­tke

Relat­ed Con­tent

Spike Jonze’s Stop Motion Film Haunt­ing­ly Ani­mates Paris’ Famed Shake­speare and Com­pa­ny Book­store

The Book of Leaves: A Beau­ti­ful Stop Motion Film Fea­tur­ing 12,000 Pressed Leaves

Watch “The Woodswim­mer,” a Stop Motion Film Made Entire­ly with Wood, and “Bru­tal­ly Tedious” Tech­niques

by | Permalink | Comments (0) |

Sup­port Open Cul­ture

We’re hop­ing to rely on our loy­al read­ers rather than errat­ic ads. To sup­port Open Cul­ture’s edu­ca­tion­al mis­sion, please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion. We accept Pay­Pal, Ven­mo (@openculture), Patre­on and Cryp­to! Please find all options here. We thank you!

Leave a Reply

Open Culture was founded by Dan Colman.