In this experimental animated short, Ryan Larkin (Walking) creates a series of figures who move across the screen and disappear into a hole. Eventually, the hole metamorphoses into a bridge, on top of which stands the young man from whom the others figures originated. —NFB.ca
Once described as “the Frank Zappa or George Harrison of animation films,” Ryan Larkin is a gifted animator with a unique style whose tragic life trajectory has become well know due to the incredible success of Ryan (2004), Chris Landreth’s highly acclaimed, Academy Award®-winning mix of animation and documentary that delves into Larkin’s personal experiences with animation and addiction.
A talented painter and sculptor, Larkin was making oil paintings by the age of ten and at thirteen was accepted into Montreal’s prestigious School of Fine Arts, where his teacher was Group of Seven painter Arthur Lismer. Tragedy befell young Ryan when, at the age of fifteen, he watched helplessly as his older brother drowned in a boating accident – a traumatic experience that would haunt him throughout his life. Though he began drinking as a child, he still excelled at his schoolwork and at nineteen began working at the National Film Board as an animator on educational films for the army and… read more