David Lowery’s Some Analog Lines

Because I learned about David Lowery’s Some Analog Lines soon after I arrived in F’ville (and before I had internet service at home), I almost forgot to mention it here. Lowery’s Some Analog Lines is a playful but philosophical meditation on the materiality of cinema and the ways in which digital video remediates film. In thinking about these issues, Lowery not only theorizes the production process but also offers a theory of spectatorship that explores how the processes of production shape our reception of a film. Lowery explores this process in part through an observation that a number of Cineaste reviewers have expressed a “preference” for claymation over digital animation, with Lowery speculating that this preference derives in part from the materiality of claymation and the awareness that an animator such as Lowery might have moved the clay object hundreds, if not thousands, of times in order to render the illusion (?) of motion. The film explores this concept of handmade films even further, describing the construction of a wooden bookshelf next to his computer, a shelf that seems to morph into a strip of film, in part through the magic of animation.

While I can’t provide a full description of Some Analog Lines, I think it’s a profoundly insightful short film and well worth checking out. It’s also in competition in the SXSWclick “Popularity Contest,” so once you’ve seen the film, please consider voting for it as well.

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