Director Yamamura completes new short at Canada's NFB

Animation artist Koji Yamamura ("Mt. Head" and "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor") has completed his long-awaited animated short, "Muybridge's Strings," in a coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and others.

Yamamura took seven years to finish the 12-minute short, slated for release this year.

The NFB, long known for its support of quality art animation, has produced many critically acclaimed works that have won top accolades at international film festivals.

"I aspired to become an animation creator after seeing NFB works when I was a university student," Yamamura said. "I had always dreamed of making animated works at the NFB."

"Muybridge's Strings" follows the life of groundbreaking British photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904). Muybridge succeeded in photographing a horse in fast motion. The photos became a famous forerunner to the invention of movies and animation.

Yamamura's animated short also includes a parallel story about a girl growing up in modern Tokyo. The film's score includes J.S. Bach's "Crab Canon."

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