Short papercraft film on the beauty of the book


26 Responses to “Short papercraft film on the beauty of the book”

  1. apoxia says:

    What a bunch of moaners!

    The video was cool, go New Zealand!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully realized stop-frame dreaming excised from print-page pulp with an x-acto sensibility! Norman McLaren would have been made proud!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Quite astounding and so beautiful. I’m glad stop-animation seems to be returning to favor.

  4. Chentzilla says:

    Am I the only one disturbed by the fact that the book is effectively vandalized to make a point?

  5. dm10003 says:

    kicks nook’s ass.

  6. aelfscine says:

    With all the echoing and noise I could hardly understand a word he said, but it was gorgeous.

  7. peterbruells says:


    Sorry, but I really, really hate that metaphor. As an avid reader, visualisation of what I read is a non-issue for me and for years I thought that it’s only something children do. I don’t have anything against movies, but the assumption that a book is some kind of mind-movie is somehow offensive to me.

    @Chantzilla Probably not, but I don’t really care. One can destroy a physical book, one can even destroy a great many physical books, but these days it’s nearly impossible to suppress the content (yay), so only the act of explicit book-burning (as opposed to just using an obsolete book as kindling) makes me feel queasy.

  8. lorq says:

    Puts me in mind of the gorgeous “animated book” sequences from Greenaway’s “Prospero’s Books.”

  9. treli says:

    This video is really cool. But the book “Going West”, in my opinion, is incredible.

  10. AT203 says:

    Aw man, I would love to share this with people but the vocal effects totally ruin it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I wish I could have heard what he was saying. The animation was beautiful.

    peterbruelles: are you saying you don’t visualize what you are reading?

    • peterbruells says:

      @Anonymous Yes, I’m saying that. While I *can* visualize just fine when I want, I don’t do so automatically. I do keep track of the described facts (placement, time, hair color, gender), but – excuse the lame metaphor – more in an abstract prolog-ish way. Only as a kid I read something and it invoked pictures of what it might have looked like by itself, but I think that was only for Karl May’s Wild West stories and Astrid Lindgren stuff.

  12. Gloria says:

    @2: No, because it was used for a reason, rather than censorship or casual vandalism.

  13. clockbound says:

    #2 – Destroying a random, machine bound commercial book? Whatever. That thing’s already eating itself anyway. A nice old handbound book, that’s something else entirely.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Another really beautiful papercraft animation.

  15. kjh says:

    Odd, the narrator seems to me to have an Australian accent, not a kiwi accent.

  16. Chentzilla says:

    It’s not that I feel pity for the book, I just think that the message of the video can be read as “To understand a book, destroy it”.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The intro with the pages folding over shows the same page twice in a row, containing the text “That’s can’t be right.” Draw your own conclusions from that.

  18. Anonymous says:

    This took 3 or 4 2010 Clio awards by the way… thought you’d like to know if you didn’t already.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I highly recommend the author Maurice Gee. He’s one of NZ’s best known writers (and for good reason).

  20. Lady Katey says:

    re “destroying” the book:

    There is an art movement known as ‘book arts’… much of which involved ‘altered books.’ If you were offended by this animation, I don’t recommend looking into them. But if you liked this, you might be interested.

  21. Anonymous says:

    would like to download this film for art class. could you advise how?

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen a whole lot of amazing stuff on Boing Boing over the past three or four years, and this one is among the gems. Wow.

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