dark comedy

dark comedy

Marcy's Tenderloin by Sophie Koko Gate

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Sophie Koko Gate, whose films have a unique erotic tension and the good timing of dark comedy, often uses real spoken conversation to drop her characters into a world of the hyper-real. Gates says that translating real-life conversations into animated video involves a sympathy that lives inside the body: “When a character is talking on screen, I find it almost impossible to animate them without acting the motions out myself. In a way, animation can be a variant of live action. You control the ‘actors’ by the smallest of movements: an eye twitch or a slow pupil can make all the difference to the personality of a character, and give the dialogue more depth and meaning.” Her characters, often naked and sketched with a raw edge reminiscent of Ralph Steadman, feel exposed in both mind and body. “The handmade aesthetic is naturally appealing to people and can cover up bad animation or error. I'm interested in bridging the gap between short animated films, which often tend to be made for the eyes of like minded people, and animated sitcoms, which cater for the masses but with less artistic integrity. I aim to build a set of characters and slowly release short films like Marcy's Tenderloin that will introduce relationships and develop pre-existing plots.” Sophie Koko Gate (http://sophiekokogate.com/) graduated in Graphic Design from Central St Martins in 2011 and is currently studying Animation at the Royal College of Art. She worked at Blacklist in New York and now freelances and lives in London.