Scraps of paper come to life, dancing and transforming in Steven Briand’s captivating short films. Also known as Burayan, the Paris based director uses combinations of live action and stop motion to create seamlessly flowing pieces of video art. Here we bring you two of his newest pieces, Friction and Protéigon.
Friction, his graduation short film from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, cleverly mixes blue screen live action with some very graceful Post-It Note resembling stop-motion paper… paper that covers not only the films white wall, but the dancer as well. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, the result is unlike anything we’ve seen before. If you’re curious about how the film was made, see the excellent series of making-of videos on Vimeo.
In Burayan’s newest piece, Protéigon, a figure sits at a table, rhythmically folding and cutting paper with the slightest of hand. In this film the entire length is stop-animated, giving it an endearing chunkiness that matches perfectly with the music. The piece was produced as part of a 2 month internship at the production outfit Partizan.