Simplicity, restraint, symbolism and practical approaches are all present in some of my favorite work this year. This latest stop-motion piece from Polish directing-duo Katarzyna Kijek & Przemysław Adamski for the Tomasz Stańko Quintet is a textbook example of implying an expansive environment and abstract narrative with the simplest tools and restrictions.
Using noting more than 1 km of yarn, a few flashlights and a lamp; Kijek and Adamski create an experience more consuming than any drive-by, city night-shoot could produce. This piece is but another reminder that limitations (technical or monetary) should not restrict creativity and that solutions outside of the computer can still serve as viable ones.
Brain-power still has a pretty good shot against render-power.