I know I’ve been writing mostly about food lately, but I can’t help myself. It seems like everyone is inspired creatively by what they eat: wherever I look, I see inventive new projects celebrating food! When you also factor in our weakness here at Anthology for clever stop-motion projects, as well as our enthusiasm for the organic, slow-food movement that’s thriving in the Bay Area—it quickly becomes imperative that I share this ingenious animated film of Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules” with you, right now.
The film was created by Marija Jaćimović and Benoît Detalle for the RSA/Nominet Trust film competition. According to Marija, the film was made using composting and other food products, and was shot on a homemade tabletop set-up over a period of just three weeks. It’s impressively fluid and beautiful, and I love the decision to use only Pollan’s words as the soundtrack. His argument for organic food production is erudite, articulate, and quite compelling: the perfect balance to the animated grains and vegetables.
Unsurprisingly the film was selected as one of the top five in the competition, and it won! Congratulations to the filmmakers! I hope it inspires them to dig even deeper into their compost bins and make more delightful food-based animations.