Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The Monkey's Paw: First post


W.W Jacobs The Monkey's Paw it is then! A classic macabre tale with some interesting contextual/historical allusions. I'll post a more detailed description once I've fully attacked the story. In terms of direction of the animation I will continue with what I developed in The Picture of Dorian and The Lifecycle of a Mushroom. Visuals + Sound synthesising to tell the story in a unique way. Oh - and a heap of unlikely influences!

Having listened to an audio production, the full story takes about 30 minutes to tell. Probably too much... After Dorian Gray, 6-8 mins is more reasonable, meaning the text is going to have to condensed down to it's essence... 


Cinema does not have rich association with The Monkey's Paw, a couple productions here and there - some old, some new. Sadly, the 1933 movie has long since been lost. Horror film adaptations from that era tended to be pretty campy and ham-fisted affairs, but they also often featured innovative approaches to visualing the text -  some potentially useful reference has been lost then. A 1948 film also exists, but similarly seems to be in a state of non-available limbo...

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