“My Mom’s Motorcycle”

If you’ve haven’t seen Douglas Gautraud’s “My Mom’s Motorcycle,” take a few minutes to check it out.

Unlike a lot of the work we post here, it’s all live action, but it was crafted with a designer’s eye for detail. While its tableaux of carefully arranged objects might call Wes Anderson or Jean-Pierre Jeunet to mind, Gautrad has created a visual language that feels personal, almost confessional.

Gautraud’s fastidious curation of familial artifacts tells us as much about Gautraud as it does his family, revealing a lens of self-doubt through which the young filmmaker/protagonist sees his own life.

Gautraud’s conclusion that his forebears lived to give feels a tad saccharine and tidy, but the bittersweet sale of the motorcycle leaves a satisfying lack of resolution in its wake.

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Justin Cone

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Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer and F5. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.
  • this is beautiful. thanks for that window into your life.

  • rick hassen

    This is wonderfully beautiful in it’s real simplicity