Guest Picks: Terence Nance

Guest Picks: Terence Nance

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty director Terence Nance singles out some spectacular examples of animated storytelling.

Up-and-comer Terence Nance signaled that he was a filmmaker to watch at Sundance last year with his striking debut feature An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Earning notice and praise for its unique mixture of genres and styles, the film employs a variety of animated techniques – stop motion, claymation, CGI and hand drawing – to infuse the filmmaker’s personal tale of love-lost with a spirited vibrancy. It’s evident from his work that Terrence appreciates animation for its power as a storytelling, as well as an artistic, medium.

Terrence explains: “I animate images and experiences that I can’t imagine illustrating with a photographed image — there is something specific you can communicate with a drawing, specificity and control are harder to achieve with “the captured image.” I picked these films because to me they are experiences that needed to be drawn, they are specific — a direct line from the artist mind, to their hand, and finally to your eye.”

Here are Terrence’s animated film picks:

1. Carlin (2008) directed by Brent Green

Carlin directed by Brent Green

2. Sita Sings the Blues (2009) directed by Nina Paley

Sita Sings the Blues directed by Nina Paley

3. Anamorphosis (1991) directed by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay

Anamorphosis directed by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay

4. The Comb (1990) directed by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay

The Comb directed by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay

5. Beyond Enchantment (2010) directed by Lawrence Jordan

Beyond Enchantment directed by Lawrence Jordan

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