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Mindscape (1976)

Le paysagiste (original title)
An artist creates a painting of the landscape he sees, then finds he can literally climb into the picture to see the fantastic world inside.


Jacques Drouin


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Painstakingly, through the use of the rare pinscreen animation, the meticulous director Jacques Drouin engraves his avant-garde visions in this stunningly beautiful and almost surreal experimental short film. Little by little, we witness a solitary artist who paints a lush and enchanting scenery, immerse himself in his symbolic creation, as the mystical landscape's ceaseless transformation ultimately enfolds him. Written by Nick Riganas

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Each frame was created using a "pinscreen" made from thousands of pins, which could be scraped and push to alter their depth and shininess. See more »

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Animated on Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen See more »


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Extraordinarily enthralling.
30 December 2014 | by Foreverisacastironmess123See all my reviews

Whoa. Cool, I really think they made a real little masterwork in this beautiful and enchanting short, the artistic themes of it are something that I personally believe in, and this really spoke to me, I thought it was brilliant! I don't think I've ever seen something that so simply yet so aptly sums-up in an entirely visual way all the subtle wonder and power of the imagination and what it is to have belief in something that you conjure up in your own mind so strongly that you become as much a part of it as it is a part of you. The chalky etched style of the animation which was done with a technique that I had never heard of before, is very much one of my favourite kinds, and it's so rich and incredibly well done here. To me it still looks so fantastic that it has a timeless quality, it doesn't even look like it's coming from 1976! It simply must have taken years to bring it all to life, but however long and painstaking it might have been, it was definitely worth the effort, and I just find every last second amazing to look at. It's so ingenious and mesmerising as the artist becomes so enraptured by the scenic landscape before him that he's painting, that he steps into his canvas, which then disappears, and it's like you don't know where the world of his imagination ends or begins - what a concept! I don't agree that it's in any way eerie or gloomy, or that it drags, it's ethereal and strange, neither particularly colourful or uplifting, nor bleak or dark, I find it as stark and intangible as a very solemn dream. However, as it reaches its conclusion there is the more ominous imagery of the ticking clock and the picture world going down in flames, which I took of being symbolic of how occasionally in life as you grow weary and soul-tired your special talents can seem to disappear with the passing of time. But I believe that can never go away forever, as it shows at the end when all the creativity goes back to where it all began in the man's mind, stored away in a little box, the gifts are merely resting in a place deep inside, waiting for the right time to begin again. So yeah I thought it was a mighty magnificent beautiful short and I just loved it, thought it was very meaningful.. Farewell!

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