Field Recordings: Lauri Warsta, Dictaphone Parcel, Dictaphone Traveling

Every time I see this I just have to smile with admiration. I was definitely impressed with the concept of this short film, Dictaphone Parcel. The film features a cut-up audio field recording of a day inside a parcel, so to speak and traveling with the postal service. To get a perspective on distance, the package travels from London to Helsinki. The best audio parts were comped together to compliment the visualizations and animation of Director Lauri Warsta.

From: Lauri Warsta
Animated short film, Royal College of Art, London, 2009. Dictaphone Parcel is an animation based on a sound recorded with a Dictaphone traveling secretly inside a parcel. As the hidden recorder travels through the global mail system, from London to Helsinki, it captures the unexpected. We hear a mixture of abstract sounds, various types of transport and even discussions between the mail workers. The animation visualizes this journey by creating an imaginary documentary.

Dictaphone Parcel was awarded the Passion Pictures Prize in London, in February 2010.

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Film credits and information:

Directed and animated by Lauri Warsta
Film title: Dictaphone Parcel
Animation assistants: Daniel Chester, Margot Tsakiri-Skanatovits
Year of production: 2009
Animation technique: Rotoscoped 3D-animation (Autodesk Maya)
Duration: 2:45 minutes
Dialogue: English
Screen and audio format: 16:9 PAL, Colour, Stereo


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