| NEW CRYSTALS
Animation film in two parts by Iby-Jolande Varga
Part 2: TOWARDS THE OCEAN
Opus 2, A 1990, 16mm, colour, 5’15”
Animation techniques: Painted animation, cutout, animated pop-up book
First Austrian Youth Prize 1988 for the pop-up book and for the film.
“New Crystals” is the expression of an eruptive and enthusiastic start into a new way of expression that was hidden like lava in the rocks. After the outburst it turns into shining crystals in a long and painstaking process.
Iby-Jolande Varga looked out for music that should have the piano as the central instrument and that should be combined with electronic effects. The electronics meant as part of its musical expression and not embellishment only. By chance she got to know Stephen Ferguson’s “Piano Music” and knew immediately that this music captured the passionate feeling toward life and arts that should be transported by the film.
Therefore, the film was edited on basis of the music; neither the visuals were inspired by the music nor the music was composed to the film – the two elements are autonomous.
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