Ohayo!

Just got my complimentary copies of GOOD MORNING from Criterion. I’ve made a video essay for the disc, entitled Transcendental Style and Farting, about Ozu’s use of humour. Stephen Horne edited it and Danny Carr did the special effects — yes, special effects! We’ve worked together on a few extras and Danny also did the bulk of the FX work on THE NORTHLEACH HORROR. He is Scotland’s leading compositing genius.

I was fascinated — as how can you not be? — by Ozu’d gridlike living spaces, and his empty frames which linger after the characters have shuffled out of shot. I suggested to Danny he could disassemble the rooms into sliding panels, just for fun. A very fifties effect — think Saul Bass title sequences as in SEVEN YEAR ITCH. It made for a very nice set of interstitial bits, that draw attention playfully to Ozu’s compositional tropes.

Danny’s rendition of this surpassed all expectations — one of those things that just instantly WORKED, no fine-tuning required.

GOOD MORNING is available now. When you press PLAY these rooms will magically fill up with people!

 

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