Sunday Short Film: Life Cycles by Ross Hogg
This fortnight, we have Life Cycles an animated documentary of sorts from Ross Hogg. With a ruthless onward pace reminiscent of those void-stare-inducing "One Second Everyday" video diaries, the film is a layered examination of mundanity, routine and creative life (including the process of the film's own making) as framed against the escalating political turmoil of our recent history.
One particularly interesting choice Hogg's use of real news footage, headlines and photo-realistic digital interfaces, which in the heightening context of a chattery animation style has the uncanny effect almost of presenting the contemporary world as mediated through screens our primary means of connecting to it, a sense of alienation furthered by the recurrence of strangers Hogg sees on the street each day but doesn't interact with.
What gives the film its shape is a vertiginous sense of deja vu as scenes take place that we've already seen Hogg animating in his studio, and we begin to see the turn of larger wheels outside the daily cycles of self-maintenance that are far more difficult to see, let alone avert the consequences of repeating.
Designed, directed & animated by Ross Hogg
Executive Producers - Noel Goodwin & Stephen May
Sound Design - Keith Duncan
About the author
Ryan Hogan is a writer and filmmaker, with a focus on screenwriting, based in East London. He has also written for Bright Wall/Dark Room and the International Moving Image Society.
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