Luscious (2006) – Written and Directed by Nina Rota

“Luscious” is an exploration of gender and flesh in eight scenes of luscious pencil-drawn animation.

Images in this five-minute animation are drawn, erased and redrawn on the same piece of paper. The erased pencil marks leave a trail as shapes move across the page. The shapes represent flesh separated from the body then thrown in the air, pulled apart, squeezed, and jumped on. Looking back, I realize that I was going through a mid-life gender identity crisis and the only way to work it out was to take my body apart and put it back together again in a form that I felt comfortable with. It seems to have worked.

The images were captured with a digital still camera. The movement of the camera lens and the shutter made it impossible to register the images so my animator, Carolyn Stockbridge, and I used a camera with a removable manual lens and we locked the shutter in the open position. While we solved the problem of movement, the camera?s exposure was randomly off and we had to go back and manually adjust the brightness of most of the images.

How Luscious was made
List of screenings

Director/Storyboard: Nina Rota
Animator: Carolyn Stockbridge
Composer: Carolyn Stockbridge
Post Production: Kate Johnson, EZTV Media
Foley Artists: Kate Johnson & Michael Masucci, EZTV Media
Photographer: Julia Brandreth

 

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