The Many Coloured Messenger

Date: 2010
Posted by: Mary Martin
Cast: None
Credits: Animator: Mary Martin
Duration: 3.37

This exquisite animation was made in 2010 by an A-level student. Made up of over 1,000 painterly images, it takes Prospero’s words “We are such stuff as dreams are made on” and illustrates them in abstract fashion, showing a small green figure in an ever-changing landscape of colourful forms, while a clock denotes unstoppable time forever moving on. A remarkable piece of visual imagination, made all the more effective through the rhapsodic musical accompaniment with flute and piano. It’s a work of which an Oskar Fischinger or a Walter Ruttmann would have been proud. Here is how Shakespeare can play upon the creative mind.

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