Have you ever noticed how the passage of time seems to speed up exponentially as you age? How the once-entrancing activities of childhood are now mere events in adulthood? Mikey Please's short captures this in his ethereal stop-motion film "The Eagleman Stag."
"The Eagleman Stag" follows the story of famed entomologist Peter Eagleman. The all-white scalpel-cut figures shows Peter from birth, through childhood, and into the jungle as he applies his fascination with bugs to a renowned career. While digging in the garden for earthworms was once an adventure for Peter, it becomes a necessity to cultivate his genius.
When Peter makes a groundbreaking scientific and life-altering discovery with the horned beetle the eagleman stag, his jadedness holds him to secrecy. The film quickly spirals into a surreal, reversal of time where the eagleman stag and Peter switch roles, eventually pitching Peter into a deserted void, yet only for a brief moment. He is quickly spit back out in the garden of his childhood, observing the worm that entranced him so, though now as an adult.
"The Eagleman Stag" is an award-winning short that gained recognition at events like the 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Sundance and SXSW. Please created the film in 100 percent stop-motion, despite it's high-quality CGI-like effects. The result is a haunting portrayal of life and time and their interweaving, tumultuous relationship.
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