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The Smile 'Thin Thing' by Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña

David Knight - 26th May 2022

A remarkable film by Chiléan artists and filmmakers Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña for The Smile - a seemingly chaotic stream of visual consciousness, involving found objects, rubber arms, papier mache heads, wax, and lots of paint.

Strictly speaking, its an animated piece. But León and Cociña's video for Thin Thing, although captured in stop motion photography (on what appears to be an ancient camera) is more like an ongoing, utterly unpredictable creative event. There is none of the order and control associated with the creation of animated work. That's what makes it mesmerizing.

This is León and Cociña's first official music video commission. But they have been working together since 2007, have made numerous short films, including the award winning Lucia, and their first feature fiction film, La Casa Lobo (The Wolf House), premiered at the 68th Berlinale Film Festival in 2018.

David Knight - 26th May 2022

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  • Animation
  • Pick of the Day
  • Rock
  • Alternative
  • Papier Maché
  • Found objects

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña
Producer
Lucas Engel
Production Company
Diluvio
Production Company
Pista B
Executive Producer
Catalina Vergara
Executive Producer
José Hosiasson

Camera

Director of Photography
Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña

Art

Art Director
Natalia Geisse
Art Director
Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña
Stage Design
Natalia Geisse
Corpse Props
Melissa Luengo

Animation

Animators
Natalia Geisse, Javiera Sandoval, Javiera Vega, Francisco Visceral Rivera, Diego Cumplido, María Ignacia Hargreaves, Marcelo Cruzat, Octavio Palma, Violeta Santander, Guillermo Arias, Dalia Cociña

Editorial

Editor
Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña
Editing Assistant
Constanza Maldonado

Grading

Colourist
Niles Atallah

Other credits

Development and Film Digitalization

Ceis 8

Pre-production Editing

María José Salazar

Behind the Scenes Photography

Sebastián Utreras

David Knight - 26th May 2022

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