40 year old psychedelic animation with a deeper message. Unusual short film about living things by Julian Antonisz, Polish avant-garde filmmaker, artist, animator, screenwriter, composer, and inventor. ‘How a Sausage Dog Works’ was made by an unique animation technique called ‘non-camera’. ‘How a Sausage Dog Works’ is really thought provoking.
A resident of an old people’s home in Cracow is a narrator of the film. She’s reading the text, with a characteristic borderland accent, for the first time ever. Surely trying very hard to do her best, however, making mistakes. Makes me laugh. For sure much more funndy for viewers who know this, as they say one of the most difficult in the world, Polish language.
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‘How a Sausage Dog Works’ aka ‘Jak działa jamniczek’
‘How a Sausage Dog Works’ is a Polish animation from 1971, showing the great complexity of biological structures created by nature, when compared with these made by the man. In this production some unconventional techniques were exploited, like: cut-outs, filming chemical reactions, or scraping images directly on the film. ‘How a Sausage Dog Works’ has won a Brazowy Smok prize during Cracow Film Festival, and award of International Jury during Mannheim Film Festival, Germany (both in 1972).
- script, direction & music: Julian Antonisz
- camerawork: Jan Tkaczyk
- production: Studio Miniatur Filmowych, Warsaw, Poland
Julian Antonisz and his non-camera technique
Julian Antonisz (November 8, 1941 – January 31, 1987), born Julian Jozef Antoniszczak, was a Polish avant-garde filmmaker, artist, animator, screenwriter, composer, and inventor. Best known as an inventor and promoter of his unique animation technique called non-camera. Sun: A Non-Camera Film 1977 (Slonce – film bez kamery) was his first all non-camera movie, although the technique has been used also in Antonisz’s earlier productions. The idea after the tehnique was to paint or scratch the images directly onto the movie tape instead of using a camcorder. Usually one second of movie uses 24 frames. For example, his debut film Phobia 1967, lasts 11 minutes. 660 seconds times 24 frames gives us 15,840 images that had to be painted. Antonisz famous of his mechanical skills, has constructed numerous accessories supporting the creation of non-camera movies. Antoniszograf fazujacy was a machine which scratched a set of frames, with a fluid transition between the two following images. Another invention was a prototype of chropograf (could be translated as scabrographe), which created an image with distinctive levels of roughness, allowing the blind to recognize shapes presented on the picture. His most awarded work is How a Sausage Dog Works 1971 (Jak dziala jamniczek).
Julian Antonisz on Wikipedia