Monday, May 5, 2008

Time Piece

(via Wikia).

Time Piece is an experimental short film produced, directed, and written by Jim Henson, who also played the leading role. It premiered in May 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art.

The surrealist film touches on the relentless passage of time, both visually (clocks), and aurally (rhythmic percussion soundtrack which "ticks away" throughout). The main character repeatedly utters the only dialogue in the film, a plaintive cry of "Help!" from increasingly incongruous and perilous positions.

Apart from the rapid montage cutting and superimposition of objects, Jim Henson used animation heavily to create an impressionistic feel. He personally animated scenes of moving patterns, anticipating those later utilized in various Sesame Street inserts. Don Sahlin supervised the use of pixillation and reverse motion to further "stylize" the movements.

Watch it here:

Jim Henson's Time Piece

1 comment:

Madamelamb said...

ahhh we all are kicking around on a piece of ground in our hometowns.....!! you should check to see if that artEEEst neighbor of yours has some sort of accompaniment to it. itd be a wacky way to mix things up after a dinner party

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