Dec 27, 2021
It’s incredible what Shingo Tamagawa is able to accomplish in just 3 short minutes. The mesmerising animation, unique and gorgeous art style and truly spectacular score all blend together perfectly to create a wonderful viewing experience.
The art style and animation is simply stunning; it’s nice to know that there’s still plenty of fresh ideas and individuality to be discovered in the vast world of animation. The use of colour and the way each shot is crafted is, like I said earlier, mesmerising. The same goes for the camerawork, especially in the final scene - the zooms and quick pans are spontaneous and create a
wonderful sense of freedom.
The score is fitting and beautiful. It creates an otherworldly feel to the whole piece, as if it wasn’t otherworldly enough. Considering it’s just one track it’s extremely effective in creating emotion and adding plenty of audible substance to each scene. It’s an extremely versatile track - parallel to certain scenes and contrapuntal to others - which allows every scene to feel even more special.
The editing is also very effective in toying with your emotions. One scene I’d like to focus on is the one with the man and the moth. The use of cuts in this scene is very effective in creating tension. We see the man. We cut to, in a fish-eye effect, a long hall stretching endlessly. Back to the man - closer. Back to the hall. Out of nowhere a giant moth-like creature speeds towards the camera and we’re shot into a close up of this beautifully frightening creature as it flies down the hall. Each scene in this short is wonderfully crafted, but it’s this one where the editing is used especially well. This scene allows the viewer to experience tension and fear through its editing and visuals and serves as an example for the emotional versatility of this short.
Puparia is many things - it cannot be defined. It expresses and explores countless emotions and themes such as tranquillity, isolation, fear, curiosity, companionship and happiness. Or maybe that’s just my interpretation. Like I said, it can’t be defined. Each scene in Puparia has a meaning to be discovered, an emotion to be experienced and a new sensation to encounter. What you find in Puparia will be different to what I have found in it, and it will be different to what millions of others have found in it. To put it simply, Puparia is one of the most free-flowing, emotional and gorgeous pieces of art anyone can experience. There will be something new to discover with each rewatch, and something familiar to return to. No viewing will be the same as the last. Much like the days we live out, the life we each lead - everything is changing. Puparia captures this constant overbearing sense of impermanence with such grace, such perfection, that for just a brief moment, a brief three minutes, I felt free of its grasp. I felt free…
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