Any Instant Whatever

Michelle Brand

From the creator:

A man in a room, in a film – it is the becoming of something and simultaneously becoming in itself. Nothing is as solid as we believe.

The film explores our perception of time, bodies and objects, and our inability to comprehend the full motion of things.

Director, Animator & Sound Design: Michelle Brand
Sound Mix and Additional Sound Design: Ed Rousseau
Colouring Assistants: Jiaqi Wang, Leo Metcalf, Agata Leniartek, Paige Anderson, Jordan Brunton, Megan Earls, Liang-Hsin Huang

Raindance Film Festival - Best Animation Short Winner
Rhode Island International Film Festival - Grand Prize, Best Experimental
Rhode Island International Film Festival - Grand Prize, Best Animation
AEAF Awards - Silver Award for Student Film
Animation Block Party - Best Student Film
KuanDu International Animation Festival - Nominated for KuanDu Animation Award

Selected Film Festivals/Screenings:
Flatpack Film Festival 2020, 1-17 May (Online)
Monstra Animation Festival 2020, 1-7 June (Online)
Annecy 2020, 15-30 June (Online)
Palm Springs Shortfest, 17 June (Online)
Animator (Animator Unscreened) 2020, 10 July
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020 (Online), 4-9 August
Animation Block Party Film Festival 2020 (Online), 22-23 August
Fest Anca 2020, 27-30 August
Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 (Online), 27 August
Chaniartoon - International Comic & Animation Festival 2020, 11-20 September
Encounters 2020 (Online) 2020, 18 September - 11 October
Guanajuato International Film Festival 2020, 18-27 September
Animasyros International Animation Festival 2020, 23-27 September
Animatou 2020, 01-10 October
Anifilm 2020, 6-11 October
Uppsala Short Film Festival 2020, 19-25 October
Banjaluka International Animation Film Festival 2020, 24-28 October
KuanDu International Animation Festival 2020, October
Raindance Film Festival 2020, 28 October - 07 November
Leeds International Film Festival 2020, 03-19 November
Etiduda & Anima 2020, November 17-21
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2020, 20-30 November
London International Animation Festival 2020, November 27 - December 06 (Online)
Balkanima - European Animated Film Festival 2020
Bit Bang International Animation & Digital Art Festival 2020, November 09-20
Crossing the Screen 2020 (Online), November 26-29
International Short Film Festival Berlin (Sound and Vision) 2020, November 10-15
Animateka 2020, November 30-December 06
Ajayu International Animation Festival 2020
London Film Week 2020
Piccolo Festival Animazione 2020, December 09 - 30
Palm Springs International Animation Festival 2020
Kinoproba Film Festival 2020
GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation 2020, November 19-29
Ionian Contemporary Animation Festival ICONA 2020, December 04-06
Animafest Gdansk 2020, December 20-30
VOID International Animation Festival 2021, February 25 - March 06
Angers Film Festival 2021 - Premiers Plans, January 25-31 (online)
Dam Short Film Festival 2021, February 11-15 (online)
Insomnia Animation Festival 2020/2021
Animac 2021, February 25 - March 07
Animation Dingle 2021, March 24-25
Roanne Animation Short Film Festival Cine Court 2021, May 03-09

Behind the Scenes:

Press Kit:

Everything around us, including our bodies and our 'self' is constantly moving, changing and transforming, and yet we can only comprehend time by dividing it up into static differences, only making the before and after visible. The complete flow of transitions remains incomprehensible to us.

Animation as a medium is the perfect tool to explore such philosophical ideas about time, movement and change - we seem to perceive movement through still images, yet each frame remains invisible to our eye. The film is a visual and conceptual journey, where time and movement become, alongside with the image itself, just another coordinate to abstract and experiment with. The room, the man, the film - everything moves and becomes one changing entity until it all dissolves and deconstructs completely, leaving only movement behind.

Paint on Cells, Paint on Paper, Mixed Media,
MA Graduation Film, Royal College of Art