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Consuming Spirits (2012)

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Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan's Consuming Spirits is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques - cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage, and stop-motion animation—into a distinct, signature visual style. In the process, he constructs a hypnotic, layered narrative, a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town. The pacing of Consuming Spirits unfolds in a slow, deliberate fashion, akin to the work of such independent filmmakers as Dennis Potter, Terence Davies, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. Like these live-action filmmakers, every frame of Sullivan's animation film is crafted with attention to intricate detail. The accumulation of these images builds to a great atmospheric effect, achieved through an adroit combination of inventive set design, ever-shifting visual perspectives, fluid camera movements, a vivid color palette, and a haunting music track. Sullivan succeeds in creating, with great artistry, a hermetic, self-contained world emanating from his own unique and vivid imagination.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 12th, 2012 (Limited)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 135 minutes
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Keywords: Accidental Death, Cover Up, Addiction, Mental Illness, Suicide, Foster Family, Infidelity
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Hand Animation
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Chris Sullivan
Production Countries: United States


   Earl Gray
   Gentian Violet
   Victor Blue
Chris Harris   
Judith Rafael   
Mary Lou Zelazry   

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Chris Sullivan
Producer    Chris Sullivan
Editor    Chris Sullivan
Associate Producer    Chris Sullivan
Director of Photography    Chris Sullivan
Production Designer    Chris Sullivan
Executive Producer    Chris Sullivan
Composer    Chris Sullivan
Co-Producer    Chris Sullivan
Lead Animator    Chris Sullivan
Lead Animator    Corinne Faiella
Lead Animation    Shelly Dodson
Sound Designer    Chris Sullivan

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