London animator, Osbert Parker, is having his BAFTA nominated short film ’Yours Truly’ screened at the British Film Institute (BFI).
A lecturer in stop-motion animation at Middlesex University, Osbert’s film will be as part of the Passport for Cinema series which pairs short animation with appropriate live action films.
Yours Truly is an eight minute animated short that has been described as ‘a wild ride through cut and pasted scenes in a mash up of old Hollywood and miniatures’ which uses innovative stop-motion techniques and a mixture of styles. The film forms the second of a noir-inspired short film trilogy and will be shown alongside ‘Letter from an Unknown Woman’, Max Ophüls's moving masterpiece, starring Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan, on 2 and 5 April.
Parker’s work was nominated for best short animated film by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 2008 and was also screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in the same year. It also won best Animated Short Film at the Aspen Film Festival and at the British Animation Awards in 2008.
It uses ‘found’ images from magazines to movie clips which are then are cut up, manipulated and reconstructed to create an unexpected and gripping narrative – beginning as a passionate love story but ending in murder as a dark psychological thriller.
Osbert said: “In my work, I focus on a combination of stop-motion animation, various other techniques of animation and live action. In that way, I’m able to create unusual, one of a kind, landscape films.
“My films have evolved mostly through collage. I create collages for unusual juxtapositions and doing this allows me to see in new way and create accidents. With that in mind, I develop what I’ve created into motion. Sometimes using cut out photographs or line drawings and combining live action with animation. Those motion tests I then develop into very short films and they evolved into the 8 minute short, ‘Yours Truly’.
“For me, creating animation will always be about storytelling, whether it’s narrative, abstract or experimental. “
Osbert has been an active lecturer-practitioner since joining the University in 2010 and believes that the combination of teaching and making films enhances his creativity.
“It’s incredibly stimulating when you get into the classroom to be inspired by the creative energy of the students. In return they're equally stimulated and learn through one-one teaching and hands on experience.
“Working in the film industry also gives me the opportunity employ students in commercial projects so that they get some valuable experience and a first foot on the ladder. For me, it’s a win-win situation.”
For more information on Osbert, visit his website.