moby-dick animated 05.04.2007, 2:14 AM
posted by ben vershbow
Alex Itin has done it again. Here it is: "Orson Whales," an intertextual fantasia on Moby-Dick and Orson Welles set to the savage drums of John Bonham. Each frame is a page of this edition of the Melville text, painted and photographed and strung together in iMovie.
What you're seeing is the entire book (actually two full copies - Alex can only paint on one side of each page because of bleed-through, so to get the whole text he had to double up). Here's some of it stacked up in the studio (this is months of work):
The soundtrack is detritus gathered from web searches, a hunt for the white whale through a sea of tangents - appropriate, really, for the great book, which is so notoriously (and gloriously) tangential.
Alex: "The soundtrack is built from searching "moby dick" on You Tube (I was looking for Orson's Preacher from the Huston film from the fifties) I couldn't find the preacher, but did find tons of Led Zep and drummers doing Bonzo and a little Orson....... makes for a nice Melville in the end."
Also check out his animation, same technique, of Ulysses. Bravo, Alex! (and happy birthday)!
blanckien on February 24, 2008 2:09 AM:
Have you read The Raw Shark Texts?
sebastian mary on February 25, 2008 12:05 PM:
On a similar (though slightly less impressive) note, here's Kafka in Post-It notes.