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The Box Man (2002)

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A man reacts with violence when a pair of eyes spy on him from inside a cardboard box. Inspired by the 1974 novel by Kobo Abe.

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Grungy streets of a city, night, rain. A man in a topcoat and fedora stops in front of a large cardboard box on the sidewalk across from his flat. The box is upside-down, a narrow slit near the top. The man is startled when two eyes stare out at him from the box. He hurries to his flat, and, still in topcoat and hat, watches the box from his window. The eyes in the box have tilted the man's usually perfectly-lined life. He goes to a closet and removes a rifle with a telescopic sight. What's next for the box, and if he pulls the trigger, what awaits the solitary man? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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According to the Nirvan Mullick, the most difficult shot of this short film was the opening scene. It took 9 days to light and set up the motion-control rig and then another 7 days to animate. It involved an elaborate two part camera move that Mullick wanted to appear seamless. But after the first camera move was over, and then after taking five days to animate the puppet walking into position for the second camera move, a motor in the motion-control rig stopped working. The crew had to take the camera apart to fix the motor, and then put the camera back in order to finish the shot. The problem was fixed during post production. See more »

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Strange little film, but well scripted and entertaining.
14 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was not sure if I had included spoilers or not so just to be safe i put up the warning.

I came across this film one day while surfing around the internet. IT's a stop motion animation about a man who is simply minding his own business one dark night until he comes across this box along the side of the road. He is curious and examines the box only to find a pair of eyes peeking out of the slit. THis frightens him very much.

Brilliantly animated in stop motion, and well edited "The Box Man" Tells a story of paranoia. It tells a story of what we do to keep safe, and of what a man is capable of when cornered. The Light tone is just right to tell the story and the characters are sculpted beautifully. I Suggest you find it, it is somewhere on the internet, i forget where. it is an interesting film. my vote 9/10


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