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: