An excerpt from Greg Browe's 2014 Albert P. Weisman winning project Boy in the Woods.
A video environment directed and animated by Greg Browe. Three large projections flank and envelop the viewer. Across them, an ink drawn forest pans into view with a small clearing at its center, occupied by a short tree stump, a pitch colored egg, and a young cartoon boy. In Boy in Woods, this scene reoccurs five times each one separate but simultaneous. The egg bursts open at the boy's touch, revealing new contents each time. In one instance it spills out an ocean, a giant crow in another. As the piece draws to a close, the screens bubble over with activity and potential until it is all finally and inexplicably hushed at the very end. There is no closure, no clear and definitive reading of the narrative. There is just the egg, its infinitely many insides, and the young boy peering within. Assistant Animation by: Rachael McDonald and Laura Wargo Made Possible in part by the Albert P. Weisman Award.
"Boy in Woods" is an animated, multi-screen video environment which explores a single but multifaceted moment from artist Greg Browe’s comic The Greater Storybook. It details the journey of a young boy through the woods and his encounter with an ominous egg, using three large projections that flank and envelope the viewer. The confusing narrative that results from this encounter challenges and complicates traditionally held notions of linear storytelling, as the moments on screen repeat five separate times, yielding a different result each time. The work bubbles over with excitement and overwhelms the viewer, who must parse their own telling of the tale from the chaos.
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