From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism


I first encountered Mark Osborne’s short film More via Exposure, a SciFi Channel anthology series of short speculative films that ran from 2000-2002. Like most people, I was immediately blown away by the six-minute stop-motion animated film, which concerns an inventor who works a soul-killing day job while developing a device that will spread happiness by tapping into his childhood memories. It is simultaneously one of the most uplifting and depressing films I’ve ever seen, and certainly among the most beautiful.

The Academy Award nominated short was the first to be filmed in IMAX format, and the soundtrack is “Elegia,” a song by the British band New Order. Though you can take a look at the full film in the YouTube video below, you can order a special edition DVD of the film at the creators’ website, where you can also get the follow-up film, Greener.

I could go on at length about this film, but I think it’s best to let the art speak for itself… This one is particularly meaningful if you happen to watch it at work!

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