Like J.F. Sebastian's automated companions in the film Blade Runner (Ridley Scott 1982) or the macabre mutilated and reconfigured toys of Sid Phillips in Toy Story (John Lasseter 1995), Alex Pearl creates and then uses adapted automata in the making of his âAutomatic Films'.
Each film is made in a different location in a single day simply by âbringing lots of self powered automata and camera carrying devices into a space and letting them loose.' The artist having created his team of actors and camera crew has little control of the direction of the filming only regaining control during the cutting and editing process. Despite this lack of control the end result is an intriguing set of films that explore the nature and atmosphere of the buildings they inhabit, creating their own story line, somewhat bazaar, slightly macabre but always with a large pinch of playful humour.
Pearl is the Mike Leigh of automata art film.
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