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Tin House Reels: Jordan Bruner

This week, Tin House Reels offers up the animal-frenzied dance party that is Jordan Bruner’s The Leaf Woman and the Centaur. Bruner’s work, which ranges from advertisements for major brands to full length films to animated poems, tends to bring small elements together into an intricate motion that celebrates community.

The Leaf Woman and the Centaur is the first episode in her series about creation myths. Bruner writes that the film is “a stop-motion animation that looks to reconcile [creation myths—and to value] the act of experiencing the story as their central component. In the same way that Paradise Lost articulated the felix culpa (beneficial fall of man), or Dante’s Inferno explored our ethical and spiritual scaffolding, The Leaf Woman and the Centaur will use the same basic tropes present in every creation myth to emphasize the value of an ancient experience that died with the cold logic of words.”

It is a particularly sensually engaging film. Puppets reminiscent of Eric Carle’s illustrations but more speckled in their fleshy bodies fight, embrace, and cover the earth with their seeds. Bruner made the film by building small puppets out of watercolor paper and wire, filming them in stop-motion with Dragonframe and compiling the whole with After Effects.

The Leaf Woman and the Centaur by Jordan Bruner from Tin House on Vimeo.

Jordan Bruner is an animation director living in Brooklyn, NY. Jordan has worked with clients including Linda McCartney Foods, Friskies, and Etsy, collaborated with bands ranging from the Mountain Goats to Paramore, and shown her short films in festivals all around the world. In amongst creating 2D and Stop Frame animations, Jordan finds time to paint, collect hologram paintings, and be part of a bowling team. She wishes she had a mascot, so please get in contact if you’d like to apply for the position.

FuturePerfect created the musical score.

Tin House Reels is a weekly feature on The Open Bar dedicated to the craft of short filmmaking. Curated by Ilana Simons, the series features videos by artists who are forming interesting new relationships between images and words.

We are now accepting submissions for Tin House Reels. Please upload your videos of 15 minutes or less to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link of your work to tinhousereels@gmail.com. You may also send us a file directly.

 

 

 

 

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