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Websurfers Find Missing Pages

Saturday, May 20, 2006 Posted: 04:24 PM JST

“Very cool movie made entirely of still photos,” reads the succinct description. Within minutes of the link’s posting, Tokyo based Jerome Olivier’s speaking-pictures.com crashed spectacularly, having been inundated by websurfers swarming to see his strikingly innovative short film, the beautiful and haunting sci-fi thriller “Missing Pages (amended version).”

Bloodthirsty Core Units charge for the kill. (12k image)With a new server set up to accommodate the surge of interest, speaking-pictures.com now hosts the first seven minutes of “Missing Pages (amended version),” a 24-minute short shot entirely with a digital still camera and manipulated using a method dubbed “fotomation.” Jerome’s technique brings new perspective and depth to the mediums of photography and film, compelling viewers to perceive a narrative in a new way while enthralling them with flashes of astonishing three-dimensional visuals, artful camera movement and incredible images. All of this takes the fascinating time-travel thriller at its center to the next level.

The Tanokura family out on a Sunday afternoon feeding pigeons. (10k image)The story of Professor Tanokura, who develops a time machine only to find himself hunted by terrifying post-apocalyptic henchmen, captured the attention of fark.com, a popular site that specializes in linking to the World Wide Web’s most interesting offerings. Soon, internet users from around the world got their first glimpse of Jerome Olivier’s work. Combining edgy, adrenaline thrills with poignant drama, intelligent subtlety and the unique vision of a true artist, “Missing Pages” heralds Jerome Olivier as a major talent on the rise.

The movie is attracting attention worldwide and has already won awards at the Cosmos International Film and Video Game Festival, Chicago Horror Film Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival. It has been nominated for “Best Short Animation" by the Forest Film Festival and has been accepted in the official selection of at least eight other film festivals.

The Core Units sniff for clues in a ditched bus. (21k image)Born in London and raised in Quebec, Jerome graduated university with a BFA in filmmaking and followed that up by traveling around the world, ultimately settling in Tokyo. “Making Japan my home, I realized, gave me the chance to strip away the sense of security generated by familiar surroundings – to remove myself from the conventions I’d grown accustomed to,” he reflects. “It was the perfect opportunity to test myself – to discover what I was capable of doing without relying on traditional systems.”

During his first five years in the Far East, Jerome – like his stylistically groundbreaking compatriots Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Hammer & Tongs – worked for production and design companies, a focus that helped him develop the artistic skills needed to start Speaking Pictures. Concurrently, Jerome began creating “Missing Pages,” funded by the J-Pop star Chage of Chage & Aska fame. He is currently developing new projects and is sure to be a filmmaker you’ll be hearing more about in the near future.

The seven-minute preview of “Missing Pages (amended version)” can be viewed at http://speaking-pictures.com/missingMovie.html.

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