Watch a Visual Symphony of Everyday Objects in the French Stop Motion Film, “Grands Canons”

“A brush makes watercolors appear on a white sheet of paper. An everyday object takes shape, drawn with precision by an artist’s hand. Then two, then three, then four… Superimposed, condensed, multiplied, thousands of documentary drawings in successive series come to life on the screen, composing a veritable visual symphony of everyday objects. The accumulation, both fascinating and dizzying, takes us on a trip through time.” That’s how the Vimeo channel of Girelle Productions prefaces the animation “Grands Canons” (aka “Big Guns”) by French filmmaker Alain Biet. It’s a wild ride, a painstaking feat in experimental filmmaking. Enjoy it above.

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