A brisk wind takes a younger kite-flyer on an surprising voyage together with his grandfather in a poignant quick movie by illustrator and animation director Martin Smatana. The narrative of the stop-motion animation addresses the idea of dying and loss via metaphor that’s accessible to kids, utilizing the kite, climate, and supplies as symbolic methods to broach a troublesome but vital subject. “It explores the relationship between a little boy and his grandpa and shows that death is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of our journey,” Smatana explains. He continues:
They are each made out of layers, which symbolize their age. The boy has many of those layers… he has all his life earlier than him. But grandfather, however, has already misplaced most of his layers, and he has solely few left. As he will get older, he additionally will get thinner, and on the finish of his life, he’s as skinny as a sheet of paper. One day, the wind simply softly blows him away and takes him as much as the sky…
Smatana and his crew scoured second-hand outlets in his hometown of Prague to gather textiles and different supplies to construct the units, using totally different patterns and coloration palettes to characterize the 4 seasons. A quilt-like panorama created from quite a few items of material references a patchwork blanket that the artist remembers sleeping beneath when he visited his personal grandparents’ home.
Created for the artist’s commencement venture at FAMU Film School three years in the past, “The Kite” has received greater than sixty worldwide awards, was nominated for the semifinals of the coed Oscars, and is included within the movie library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Explore extra of Smatana’s work on his website, the place he additionally shares behind-the-scenes footage of how “The Kite” was made. Follow updates on Instagram.
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