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The Eagleman Stag (2011)

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If you repeat the word 'fly' for long enough it sounds like you are saying 'life'. This is of no help to Peter. His answers lie in the brain of the beetle.

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Voiced by the cult British actor David Cann, The Eagleman Stag is a dark, cerebral comedy about a man's obsession with his quickening perception of time and the extreme lengths he goes to in order to counter the effect. Each unfolding scene is a key moment in the life of Peter, another piece in the puzzle. Realised in monochrome stopmotion, the haunting and surreal settings create a sense of contemporary film noir. Written by Michael Please

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A fully realized work, despite the author's student status at RCA
10 January 2012 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

Written and directed by Michael Please, The Eagleman Stag is an eccentric white-on-white animated stroll through the life of a philosophizing taxonomist who 'discovers that if you say the word "fly" for long enough it sounds like you're saying "life". Though this is of no real help.' Please has described his film as "a dark, cerebral comedy about a man's obsession with his quickening perception of time and the extreme lengths he goes to in order to counter the effect." He considers his use of monochrome stop motion as giving a surreal effect and wishes his settings to "create a sense of contemporary film noir." Please's film is more verbal and intellectual than the usual. The writing is so good and the pacing so elegant -- the thoughtful monologue gives greater coherence than short animations often have -- that it's easy to miss how inventive and remarkable the images are. The techniques used are listed as "puppets, animated objects, after effects." Tony Guilfoyle voices Peter, the other character, and Benedict Please did the music scores and sound design. Surprsingly, given the sophistication, this is a "graduation film" for the Royal College of Art -- ostensibly, student work. It received an award of Special Distinction at the Annency animation Festival of 2011, as well it might.


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