Saturday, 24 March 2012

Profile of The Quay Brothers

Fig 1: The Quay Brothers

Stephen and Timothy Quay born June 17, 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania are American identical twin brothers better known as the Brothers Quay or Quay Brothers. They are influential stop-motion animators. They also received the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for their work on the play The Chairs.
The Quay Brothers' works (1979–present) show a wide range of influences, starting with the Polish animators Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica and continuing with the writers Franz Kafka. Which are all animators and the major influence is The Cabinet of Jan ┼ávankmajer.

Fig 2: Theatre

The Quay Brothers look of the theatre. Wallach an writer states “Even more obsequiously with the arrival of the emperor - represented by a blinding beam of light.” (Wallach, 1998) The emperor is approaching the beam of light shines onto the emperor. This represents the main concept to lead the direction to the character. So the camera shot is directly to the emperor as he may be appearing. So the light is a representation to the start of the emperor appearance in this theatre. As the theatre is an opening scene as the environment is dim and low light. The enviornment is quiet dark and looks really creepy. Beacuse the point of no chairs to be seen. As there seems to be something in this image that is missing. So it could be the emperor.  

Fig 3: Dimensions of dialogue Jan Svankmajer

The Quay Brothers use a gothic style in there short film. Megahey and writer states “The brothers would also incorporate the same sense of mythology and dark nightmarish fairy-tale elements into their own animated short films.” (Megahey, 2006) So there use of dark nightmarish elements the quays use in their short films such as   Jan Svankmajer-Dimensions of Dialogue Pt.: 2 (1986. As this starts really passionate and then really terrifying as once they finished making love. The couple see a piece of clay in the middle of the table. This seems to be really interesting because how they end up playing with it. Strangely the couple pushes the clay away that seems to be representing a baby. Then the couple of start ripping each other apart when one of the couples throws the piece of clay at each other. Then  start to gauge each other’s faces off. The clay represents the movement a lot in this short story as how the clay breaks of the body shows a greater meaning to the dark nightmare of a once happy couple. This could represent the couples desire of having a baby. 

List of illustrations:
Fig 1: Quays Preview   URL at:
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Fig 2: Theatre URL at:
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Fig 3: Dimensions of dialogue Jan Svankmajer URL at:
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Allan Wallach (1998) URL at:
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Noel Megahey (2006) URL at:
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