How Jodie Mack's "Curses" Was Made

Behind-the-scenes images of the gorgeous, marbelized, hand-cut animation.
Jodie Mack's Curses (2016) is playing June 28 - July 27, 2016 on MUBI in most countries around the world.
It's no secret that we're big, big fans of American animator (or is it "anti-animator"?) Jodie Mack, having covered many of her films when they play at festivals, interviewed her about her "rock concert" quartet of shorts, and showed her wonderful Blanket Statement #2: It's All or Nothing (2014) last year as part of MUBI's collaboration with the New York Film Festival.
Now, we're delighted to present the world premiere of the artist's new short film, Curses, made for the Chicago band Roommate and their 2015 album, Make Like. Described by the filmmaker as an "odyssey of remnants" that "re-imagines a dream-sequence love," it was made by hand-cutting marbleized paper (also made by hand!) and includes a rotoscoped homage to one of the dances in the Broadway Melody Ballet sequence in Singin' in the Rain.
Below, you'll find some behind-the-scenes images from the making of Curses which underscore just how meticulously, gorgeously handmade this special short film is.


Jodie Mack
Please sign up to add a new comment.


Notebook is a daily, international film publication. Our mission is to guide film lovers searching, lost or adrift in an overwhelming sea of content. We offer text, images, sounds and video as critical maps, passways and illuminations to the worlds of contemporary and classic film. Notebook is a MUBI publication.


If you're interested in contributing to Notebook, please see our pitching guidelines. For all other inquiries, contact the editorial team.