Experimental short film

CMYK is a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement. Director Marv Newland and animator Kunal Sen meticulously assembled multitudes of CMYK symbols, pulled off flaps of common printed materials like cereal boxes. Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork. Coloured dots pulsate chaotically, crosshairs roll languidly and primary shapes dance compellingly, while the music by composer Lisa Miller and the Quatuor Bozzini is equally spontaneous. The result: an unrestrained riot of colour and energy.

Marv Newland's animated motion picture career began in Los Angeles with the creation of the short Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969). In 1975, he founded the animated film production company International Rocketship Limited in Vancouver. At Rocketship, Newland directed and produced over twenty animated short films including Sing Beast Sing, Black Hula, Pink Komkommer and Beijing Flipbook. Newland has received international acclaim for his films, which use unusual approaches, such as twenty-two animators on a single film (Anijam), and a short made entirely of postcards (Postalolio). His films have received festival prizes around the world, including the Grand Prix at the Annecy International Animation Festival. CMYK is Newland's third film for the National Film Board of Canada.


Produced by the NFB and Rocketship International. Directed by Marv Newland.

CMYK: making of NFB
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