Films : Hotel Central : all

animate! synopsis

Hats on for this journey into an old country past. Room service with a difference: the phone rings in the wardrobe or the wilds. Nobody and everyman home. A grab bag of styles help us to feel like a man adrift in woodland.

short synopsis

We are floating somewhere between Les Vacances de M. Hulot and The Exorcist, thirty miles southwest of Leipzig, holding onto our hats.

key credits

director
Matt Hulse
guest
Joost Van Veen
lighting camera
Roel van de Maaden
animation
Matt Hulse
editor
Hozger Mohaupt
music
A Normal Boy
sound designer
Gerald Mair
producer
Aimara Reques

Matt Hulse

short biography

Matt’s practice crosses boundaries between film, video, animation, interactivity and installation. In 1994 he completed the Electronic Imaging course at Duncan of Jordanstone and his many prizewinning films that have followed were screened in a retrospective at Dresden Filmfest 2002.

His first animate! work was Hotel Central which shared with Jean Luc Godard the Special Award for Film at the Split Festival of New Cinema 2001. He lives in Edinburgh.

3 November 2004

artist statement

The film is a fleeting and intense exploration of large, cold isolated office blocks and lone, alienated workers, stuck in bizarre routines in a nasty grey oppressive city. You may have heard of lone soldiers in the jungle who are still fighting the Vietnam War when it’s been over for 30 years?

Our characters here are similar, like workers carrying on at their desk in desperation after some terrible urban disaster. Meanwhile the computers and offices have evolved and are able to move/change/dance – this is where the animation comes in!

animate! films by this artist

Half Life

Hotel Central

artist’s website

Idlevice

Matt’s own website

a film by Matt Hulse

direction

director
Matt Hulse

cast in picture

guest
Joost Van Veen

live-action personnel

lighting camera
Roel van de Maaden
Jim Rusk
Erik Ziege

image personnel

animation
Matt Hulse
titles
Room 8 Studios
editor
Hozger Mohaupt

sound personnel

music
A Normal Boy
sound designer
Gerald Mair

production personnel

production manager
Lucy Brown
producer
Aimara Reques

support

thanks

Royal Hotel, Kathy Friend, Adam Squires, Rob Kennedy, Ruth Pendragon, Han Vio Maaden, GNAC, GHS, LCH

primary funding

Arts Council of England/Channel Four

© Matt Hulse 2000

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master copy format

colour or black & white
black & white

video distribution format

video format
BetaSP
screen aspect ratio
4:3
video standard
PAL
sound type
stereo

distributor

LUX
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