Sarabandistas are passionate about film and television. Recommendations are constantly being bandied about the office. (Full disclosure: there may have just been a stern discussion with one of our co-workers about her reluctance to embrace the underrated but awesome Veronica Mars.) I’m a big fan of short films and can often be found surfing the web for new videos. With websites like YouTube and Vimeo enabling aspiring artists to get their work out there without the need for a studio or distributor, some truly incredible content can be found if you’re willing to spend a little time searching. When I came across this lovely stop animation video from Type Books in Toronto, I admit that I got a little giddy that it combined my love for books with short film.
In the video, we get to see what our books might be up to when we’re not around. Part of its magic for me may come from too many viewings of Disney’s Fantasia as child, but there’s still something enchanting about seeing these books dance on their shelves and colorfully twirl their way through the store. An impressive number of volunteers spent many a sleepless night shuffling those books around to make a short film that clocks in at just under two minutes.
The film ends with “There’s nothing quite like a real book,” and while I can’t imagine making something nearly as charming using the “bookshelves” on an e-reader, I think its real pleasure is in capturing the child-like delight and wonder that books can hold for us.