Any Instant Whatever

Michelle Brand

From the creator:

A man in a room, in a film – it is the becoming of something and simultaneously becoming in itself. Nothing is as solid as we believe.

The film explores our perception of time, bodies and objects, and our inability to comprehend the full motion of things.

Director, Animator & Sound Design: Michelle Brand
Sound Mix and Additional Sound Design: Ed Rousseau
Colouring Assistants: Jiaqi Wang, Leo Metcalf, Agata Leniartek, Paige Anderson, Jordan Brunton, Megan Earls, Liang-Hsin Huang

Rhode Island International Film Festival - Grand Prize, Best Experimental
Rhode Island International Film Festival - Grand Prize, Best Animation
AEAF Awards - Silver Award for Student Film
Animation Block Party - Best Student Film
Raindance Film Festival - Nominated for Best Animation
KuanDu International Animation Festival - Nominated for KuanDu Animation Award

Selected Film Festivals/Screenings:
Flatpack Film Festival 2020, 1-17 May (Online)
Monstra Animation Festival 2020, 1-7 June (Online)
Annecy 2020, 15-30 June (Online)
Palm Springs Shortfest, 17 June (Online)
Animator (Unscreened Programme), 10 July
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020, 04-09 August (Online)
Animation Block Party Film Festival 2020 (Online), 22-23 August
Fest Anca 2020, 27-30 August
Cardiff Animation Nights 2020 (Online), 27 August
Chaniartoon – International Comic & Animation Festival 2020, 11-20 September
Encounters 2020 (Online), 18 September – 11 October
Guanajuato International Film Festival 2020, 18-27 September
Animasyros International Animation Festival 2020, 23-27 September
Anifilm 2020, 6-11 October
Uppsala Short Film Festival 2020, 19-25 October
Banjaluka International Animation Film Festival 2020, 24-28 October
KuanDu International Animation Festival 2020, October
Raindance Film Festival 2020 (Online), 28 October – 07 November
Etiduda & Anima 2020, November 17-21
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2020, 20-30 November
London International Animation Festival 2020, November 27 – December 06 (Online)

Behind the Scenes:

Press Kit:

Everything around us, including our bodies and our 'self' is constantly moving, changing and transforming, and yet we can only comprehend time by dividing it up into static differences, only making the before and after visible. The complete flow of transitions remains incomprehensible to us.

Animation as a medium is the perfect tool to explore such philosophical ideas about time, movement and change - we seem to perceive movement through still images, yet each frame remains invisible to our eye. The film is a visual and conceptual journey, where time and movement become, alongside with the image itself, just another coordinate to abstract and experiment with. The room, the man, the film - everything moves and becomes one changing entity until it all dissolves and deconstructs completely, leaving only movement behind.

Paint on Cells, Paint on Paper, Mixed Media,
MA Graduation Film, Royal College of Art, 2019