If patience is a virtue, animation filmmakers are particularly worthy of our admiration. Follow two seasoned practitioners as they guide us through the arresting world of stopmotion animation. A cherished collaborator of Wes Anderson, Jay Clarke (Isle of Dogs) awakens us to the power of storyboarding, namely to enable a film crew to see a story before they shoot it. A creator of fable-like creatures, Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Something to Remember, Generation 2020) highlights hidden aspects of this timeconsuming yet tender filmmaking technique by sharing excerpts from works in progress and placing her singing snails and other puppets centre stage.
Jay Clarke is a storyboard artist whose career began on WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT. This led to his role as lead storyboard artist for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, which won a Silver Bear and an Oscar for Best Production Design. He storyboarded Wes Anderson’s next animated film ISLE OF DOGS. In 2014, he was honoured by the Art Directors Guild of America. Clarkes next work can be seen in THE FRENCH DISPATCH later this year. He is currently storyboarding at Netflix Feature Animation and creating an illustrated children’s novel.
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
The Stockholm-based artist and animator’s short films have screened at international festivals including the Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto and Sundance, with THE BURDEN winning 83 awards so far, including the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Short Film. Alongside her film production work, she is also a sculptor and costume designer who has collaborated with artists such as Fever Ray and David Bowie.
Andrew Amondson is a producer, director and creative whose work includes Emmy award-winning nonfiction series and narrative and documentary films, the most recent of which was commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation. He was a member of the Berlinale Talents selection committee from 2004 to 2007 and is currently a member of the production and development team at Studio Olafur Eliasson. He is based in Berlin and Los Angeles.