The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke – directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva – 2011 – Raindance Film Festival – London

This was a fantastic short film I saw at Raindance Film Festival. The film is completely surreal and very comic, the design of the film is also wonderfully inventive.

The film is made entirely of sets and much of the film is made of crude cardboard cut outs that are painted quite childishly. They also mix the cutouts with real people so a running man will be painted on a board apart from a human mans arm and leg moving to signify the running action.

The film is loosely based on La Jetée (1962) directed by Chris Marker, a film about nuclear fallout. The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke does include a nuclear fallout but also a rap career and time travel so it is not quite  the same.

Even though the film is really surreal and crudely designed I really liked its original style and surrealist nature and found due to this the work really stood out from the other films shown at the festival.

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