MARILYN MYLLER – Mini Making: Light Effects from Mikey Please on Vimeo.

Mastering today’s digital media often means expertly melding optical and digital.

One of the films that launched modern digital animation as we know it, ironically, developed its signature look primarily via optical effects. And resonances of that film, Tron, are certainly here.

The six-minute short Marilyn Myller gets a bit of everything. It’s hand-carved physical forms, stop-animated. It’s light painting with optical effects, captured digitally.

And it seems that optical/digital fusion holds a lot of promise for his medium, including live contexts. I’m certainly inspired watching.

Description of the whole project:

A year in the making, the full six minute stopmotion short features the voice of Josie Long, one zillion hand carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets, two eye fulls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching.

And a trailer:

MARILYN MYLLER – Trailer from Mikey Please on Vimeo.

Mikey Please is an animation director known for his musical collaborations.