Director and Animator: Kim Noce
Producer Rob Marr
Writer: Rob Marr
Narration: Josh O’Connor
Duration: 4 min 20 sec
Synopsis: Chapter 1. A berry eating competition between two young boys becomes an event rippling down generations. An animated chapter from “The Book of Man” written by Rob Marr; directed and animated by Kim Noce.
The Book of Man was conceived and written by Robert Marr. The album is a combination of songs interwoven with stories that cover four generations of the male side of his family. The tale begins with a berry eating competition between two young boys. The younger child is poisoned and dies. The older boy (his grandfather) is exiled to boarding school. As the songs and stories unfold we see the ripples of this event down the generations.
We collaborated as directors on separate Chapters of the story: Chapter 1, a podcast, by Kim Noce; and Chapter 2, a song, by Nica Harrison. Together we decide to explore the art of animation and comics, how it can be merged in the moving format retaining the beauty of both two arts. We created a grid inspired by Emma Kunz healing geometrical patterns and each of us developed our own take on the story. The film developed as an hybrid between animation, comic book and podcast
Kim Noce: Personally I aimed to create a “dance” between silences and images, words and movement, stillness and shapes to capture what it feels to remember stories we are told that becomes ours;. Looking at Emma Kunz healing geometrical pattern, I have designed patterns to allow each character to become a fitting puzzle to the unfolding event. (www.kimnoce.com)
Nica Harrison: I was interested in looking at various options for dividing the space of the screen to allow several narratives happen simultaneously. The particular challenge was to find a correct balance between filling the screen with animation and leaving enough space to keep the words of the song in focus. (www.nicaharrison.com/)