Sunday, October 1, 2023

I, BARNABÉ (2020)

I, Barnabé / Moi, Barnabé is an indie animation by artist-creator, Jean-Francois Levesque. Through the Canadian NFB (National Film Board) this independent produced stop motion short was released in 2020. As with many indie features, they are first made available to the audience at various film festivals, then later, through other distribution such as dvds or online streaming.

In late 2021, 'I, Barnabe' was released for everyone to view and enjoy. It is not an Aardman or comedy stye entertainment animation, but instead, it is low key with some humor, and its topic touches some deep themes. There are no words or dialog. All the story telling is through the visual animation performance. In addition to stop motion there is some mixed animation styles including 2d drawn.


Here is a quick storyline description from the NFB ....
"Confronted with doubt and feelings of emptiness, drunk with unhappiness and seeking to drown his sorrow, Barnabé experiences a curious metaphysical visitation; lightning strikes the spire of his church and a mysterious bird appears, forcing him to reconsider his life. What is his truth pointing him towards? What is the deeper meaning of his life on earth?"

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You can watch the entire animated feature here (15 minutes) ....

Magazine article Interview with Jean-Francois Levesque

BONUS - Behind the Scenes! 👇

JIM RANDALL -  Armature 'Puppet Head Mechanics' Designer/Engineer and  BRENDA BAUMGARTEN - Expert Puppet Fabrication Artist

Below is for the Hardcore Stop Motion Fanatics 😲

So ... you cannot get enough for your Stop Motion Addiction? 😉 Take a look at Jim Randall's Facebook posting of over 30 photos that he has made available for your viewing knowledge edification.



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