Michel Gondry’s latest film Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? is an animated documentary representing his conversations with MIT professor Noam Chomsky. It’s another whimsical and intricately constructed project, with trippy hand-drawn animated sequences. The Creators Project spent a day with Gondry to observe his process, sitting at a desk, advancing frame by frame through sequences with his 16-millimeter camera. He discusses his choice of animation to accompany the audio of his conversation with Chomsky—it was only way to illustrate his science without simplifying it too much—his worries of appearing ignorant to the complex science Chomsky discussed, and how he once created a short animated video to ask Audrey Tatou to appear in one of his films. It’s an informative glimpse into the mind of a director committed to the tactile experimentation of analog animation in a world increasingly trying to squeeze out the last remaining filmmakers not committed to the digital revolution.
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