Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon: a title that evokes associations with time. Time that passes slowly as you look out a window, watching the clouds and yourself as you watch. Time whose transience is clearly obvious. In other words precious time. Precious just like everything else that possesses the bittersweetness of both promises and transience.
Time is in fact very important in Sunny Afternoon. First there are the 20 years that passed between work on this film began and its completion, which vanish in a moment of deviation, of brief confusion. And then the careful apportionment of time through a montage of single frames (from varying perspectives) that depict a person sitting and standing back up in a natural movement. This turns into an artificially animated expanse of motion. And finally the playful way in which the awareness of time is heightened by means of a transition from a rigid structural principle to an almost frivolously free form.
The game with time becomes a game with expectations — expectations that Renoldner creates with the appropriate earnestness and formal skill of an avant-garde artist, only to derail them with the sense of humor of someone who reveals a formal consequence to be an agreeable convention. The filmmaker-cum-composer becomes a (singing) commentator on himself — and on a composition that makes use of various techniques and principles, though not to subject itself to them, but to use them for penetrating borders in a carefree manner, borders between avant-garde and pop, concrete and abstract, and reality that has been experienced or only imagined.
Sunny Afternoon ends with a drawing of the filmmaker, who ages by years in just a few seconds. Time leaves its marks on his face, and eventually makes them disappear completely (on a white background). The transience referred to here may be a higher law, but the manner in which laws are applied is left up to whoever has the choice of obeying them slavishly or dealing with them in a playful manner.
(Robert Buchschwenter)


Sunny Afternoon is the confrontation of “kind of” an avantgarde-film with “kind of” a musicvideo, putting questions about the conventions, standard taboos and clichés of different film-“genres”. Also music and sound was taylored to characterise typical clichés of different genres.
Sunny Afternoon has two main film parts.
The first part is kind of a “found footage”-film, using only 16 photos of a simple movement shot in 1992, and explores the richness of possible variations and combinations of this very limited source material. This film also follows a “visual music”-concept, when each photograph of the movement is connected to one precise tone of a twelve-tone-scale. Thus the structure of the images defines the musical structure.
At the same time this film part adds unusual humoristic elements to this usually more academic genre of "structural film".

The second film part in “SUNNY AFTERNOON” intends to break some of the typical rules of classical avant-garde film, it enjoys a more intuitive workflow, allows almost kitschy sequences such as time-lapse photos of clouds on a blue sky or playful experiments with four different, rotating black chairs. This film part also combines a variety of different techniques like drawings (animated and still), photography, time lapse photography, rotoscopy, object animation, pixilation, and partly combines these techniques.
This it explores different levels of depiction: images of reality, representation of reality, illusion and even abstraction and in that way analyses the special possibilities and meanings of the artistic image.

Sunny Afternoon is based on the lyrics of a song composed 25 years ago and brings a filmproject to an end, which had first started 20 years ago; at that time the first script and the photos for the first film part were made. So of course this self-portrait is also a reflection about time. A short introduction adds a few photographs of the author approx. 20 years before the first film part, and the closing image, carefully drawn by Adrienn Kiss, imagines how the author might look like 20 years after film part two. (Thomas Renoldner)

Orig. Title
Sunny Afternoon
Year
2012
Country
Austria
Duration
7 min
Director
Thomas Renoldner
Category
Animation
Orig. Language
english
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Credits
Director
Thomas Renoldner
Concept & Realization
Thomas Renoldner
Cinematography
Florian Flicker, Muzak
Music
Andi Haller
Sound Design
Andi Haller
Drawing
Adrienn Kiss
Compositing
Clemens Kogler
Supported by
Land Oberösterreich, bm:ukk
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
Dolby Surround
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
Dolby Surround
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
Dolby Surround
Color Format
colour
Blu-ray (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
Dolby Surround
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2012
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Zagreb – Animafest, Festival on Animated Films
Annecy - Festival Int. du Cinema d'Animation
Ottawa - Animation Film Festival
Fantoche - Animationsfilmfestival Baden
Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Sao Paulo / Rio de Janeiro - Anima Mundi Animation Film Festival
Bukarest - anim'est animation film festival
Belgrad - Balkanima Anim. Film Festival
Vilnius - Tindirindis International Animated Film Festival
Poznan - Animator, Int. Animation Film Festival (Special Award for the best music film / music)
Ljubiljana Animateka - Int. Animation Film Festival
Espinho - Cinanima Film Festival
Paris - Festival Silhouette
Limassol - Cyrus Int. Short Film Festival
2013
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
Göteborg – Int. Film Festival
Barcelona MECAL Short Film Festival
Seattle - Int. Film Festival
Melbourne - MIAF International Animation Filmfestival
Wroclaw - New Horizons Festival
Tel Aviv - Animix Int. AnimationFestival
Bristol - Encounters Short Film Festival
Neubrandenburg (D) & Szczecin (PL) - dokumentART Film & Video Festival
London Int. Animation Festival LIAF
Tallinn - Animated Dreams / Black Night Film Festival
2014
Bruxelles - Festival of Cartoons & Animated Films
Melbourne - MIAF International Animation Filmfestival
Bukarest - NexT International Short Film Festival
Zilina Fest Anca - Festival of Animated Films
Hiroshima - Int. Animation Festival
Ris-Orangis Festival du cinéma