Carried Away

The National Film Board of Canada (1985)

Directed by Alan Pakarnyk & Vonnie Von Helmolt

This animation film celebrates the creative process–its beauty, fury, and consequences. It is a highly stylized and impressionistic rendering; each scene corresponds to a step in the process. Black and white photographs, representing reality, are overlaid with animated color drawings, representing fantasy. It illustrates the artist braving creative storms, indulging runaway imagination and learning, by trial and error, to take possession of his creative energy.

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