Caves, lava, and more emerge in Kurtis Hough's 15-minute short, 11 years in the making.
Animation and live-action blend into a monochromatic universe of filmmaker Kurtis Hough's creation in 15-minute mini-epic, To See More Light. Buzzing with 11-years worth of time and creative endurance on the part of the hardworking Hough, who has been featured previously on our site for his earlier works, the film was inspired by an enlightening trip to Hawaii and by the movement and alien appearance of the island’s lava flows. The filmmaker wrangled musician Colin Stetson into the mix, using Stetson's similarly entitled composition as the brassy backbone for his own work. It bubbles beneath the entirety of the film, wordlessly narrating Hough's supernatural imagery of the island’s topiary, lava timelapses, and sprinklings of original animations.
As Hough explains to The Creators Project, “It felt like an interesting contrast to make a picture about life and growth which lava represents. After discussing with [Stetson], the concept quickly grew into a 15-minute piece based on his recording of the same name. Over the next two years I continued shaping and refining this concept, adding dreamlike imagery (which I often think of as colorless), and philosophizing with the words of Leonard Cohen.”
Find the minor fall, the major lift, and the baffled king hiding beneath the frozen frames of Hough’s live-action animation hybrid, below.
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