Animated from 2,250 watercolor paintings on a wide variety of paper, White Out is by painter and experimental filmmaker Jeff Scher, who writes:
Related experimental vids: The Red Thread, The Rink, Paint Showers, and Oskar Fischinger’s Optical Poem.
Snow is particularly joyful in how it transforms everything it covers. The brightness of its white forces the iris in your eye to shut way down, and suddenly everything that isn’t snow is in silhouette or defined by shadow. The world becomes a high-contrast graphic representation of itself. This distillation of form allowed me to focus on painting pure motion in relation to the winter landscape…
The music is by Shay Lynch, and wonderfully captures the endless cascade of the montage while giving the film a kind of emotional elegance in spite of its vaudevillian pratfalls.
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