Sunday, 15 April 2012

Profile of Phil Mulloy

Fig 1 Orginal

Phil Mulloy is a British animator. Born in Wallasey, Merseyside and studied both painting and filmmaking. Mulloy worked as a director and a writer. Making live-action films until the late 1980s before becoming an animator. His animations often portray the dark side of human nature and religious values in a humorous and at times, shocking way. His visual style is primitive, often skeletal figures and minimalist backgrounds.

Fig 2:  Cowboys

Mulloy artwork is very simple and clear. “The paintings themselves are simple and unattractive, but taken as a whole; create absolutely gorgeous, expressive panoramas.”(Gandert) Mulley’s work shows basic silhouettes of his characters. The use of black ink makes the characters look simple. Though the faces of the cowboys bring at expressions.  The faces of the cowboys look unattractive because they looked distorted.  They have a slight evil about them. As the characters give a look of fear.  As the cowboys are carrying another body which they look to be a group. The way the characters have been created is less complex.

Fig 3: intolerence
Many scenes of Mulloy’s films have disturbing visuals. “It would be easy to brand many of his scenes as pornography if his visuals weren't so primitive and ugly that they cancel out any sense of eroticism.”(Matthews)  It is true that many of Mulloy’s short animations have scenes as similar to pornography visuals. They are so ugly that they cancel at the erotic because it is disturbing. He creates the opposite of a human anatomy but Mulloy does in a creative way and a disturbing one. The  black silhouettes work because though is ugly it fits in with the ideologies of the story and animation. 
List of illustrations:
Fig 1: Original
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Fig 2:  Cowboys
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Fig 3: intolerance
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Sean Gandert (2009) ‘Salute Your Shorts: Phil Mulloy's Extreme Animation’
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Jeremy Matthews (2009) Extreme Animation: Films by Phil Mulloy
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