- The Meaning of Life (animated film)
"The Meaning of Life" is a 35mm animated
short film, written and directed by Don Hertzfeldtin 2005. The epic twelve minute film is the end result of almost four years of production and tens of thousands of drawings, single-handedly animated and photographed by Hertzfeldt.
Like all of Hertzfeldt's films, "The Meaning of Life" was photographed entirely in-camera, without the use of computers, post-production compositing, or digital tools. The special effects were created via multiple exposures, optical light effects, and trick photography. Though working with an antique camera, Hertzfeldt often had to invent new techniques to capture his visuals. [http://www.bitterfilms.com/meaningoflife.html "The Meaning of Life" at bitterfilms.com] ]
The film premiered at the
Sundance Film Festivaland toured film and animation festivals in 2005-06. Though its abstract nature puzzled some critics, it received almost universally positive reviews. The "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" called the film "the closest thing on film yet to Kubrick's ""."
In 2006, "The Meaning of Life" was remastered and restored in high definition for inclusion on the DVD, "Bitter Films Volume 1", a compilation of Don Hertzfeldt's short films from 1995-2005. Special features relating to "The Meaning of Life" include a time-lapse documentary called "Watching Grass Grow" of Hertzfeldt animating the film (apparently over the course of a few years), another documentary about the creation of the special effects narrated by Hertzfeldt, original pencil tests, and dozens of pages devoted to Hertzfeldt's original sketches, storyboards, notes, and deleted ideas from the film. The DVD is available exclusively from the Bitter Films website, http://www.bitterfilms.com.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
The Meaning of Life (film) — may refer to: * Monty Python s The Meaning of Life * The Meaning of Life (animated film) … Wikipedia
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life — This article is about the film. For the soundtrack of the same name, see Monty Python s The Meaning of Life (album). Live organ transplants redirects here. For the general term, see Organ transplant. Monty Python s The Meaning of Life Theatrical… … Wikipedia
Meaning of life (disambiguation) — Meaning of life generally refers to a concept concerning the possible purpose and significance that may be attributed to human existence and one s personal life. (The) Meaning of Life may also refer to: Monty Python s The Meaning of Life, a 1983… … Wikipedia
Meaning of life — This article is about the philosophical concept. For other uses, see Meaning of life (disambiguation). Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? One of Post Impressionist Paul Gauguin s most famous paintings. The meaning of life… … Wikipedia
The Simpsons Movie — The Simpsons Movie … Wikipedia
The Crimson Permanent Assurance — Directed by Terry Gilliam Produced by Terry Gilliam John Goldstone Written by Terry Gilliam Starring Sydney Arnol … Wikipedia
The Chronicles of Prydain — The Book of Three The Black Cauldron The Castle of Llyr Taran Wanderer The High King Author … Wikipedia
The Animation Show — is a semi annual touring festival of animated short films that premiered in fall 2003. It was created and was personally programmed solely by award winning animators Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt. Following the demise of other American touring… … Wikipedia
The Funniest Joke in the World — is the most frequently written title used in to refer to a Monty Python s Flying Circus comedy sketch, it is also known by two other phrases that appear within it, Joke Warfare and Killer Joke , the latter being the most commonly used spoken… … Wikipedia
The Star Wars Holiday Special — Infobox Television Film name = The Star Wars Holiday Special caption = format = Science fiction writer = George Lucas (story) Pat Proft Leonard Ripps Bruce Vilanch Rod Warren Mitzie Welch starring = Art Carney Harvey Korman Beatrice Arthur Peter… … Wikipedia