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This Animation Was Painted On 35mm Film

Gina Kamentsky's "Tracheal Shave" turns repurposed film into an experimental animation.

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Gina Kamentsky's experimental short film Tracheal Shave isn't just engrossing—it's hypnotic. Two speakers repeat a handful of phrases throughout—one asks us to imagine a small dot in space, while the other, Stan Laurel, repeats a joke from a Laurel and Hardy film. Visually, the film swirls and crackles with beautiful, semi-abstract imagery. "I create my films on 35mm found movie trailers," writes Kamentsky.  "Because the field size of 35mm film is very small, it's necessary to limit myself to working with simple graphic elements. I start the process by digitally drawing over video source footage one frame at a time and reduce each frame on a template. Each image is then traced from the template onto the film stock. The trick when doing this work is to retain the character of the original movement when distilling things to very basic elements."


Watch how Kamentsky creates her animations below.

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