A filmmaker looks back on the evolution of his live-action-meets-animation style, explains how he has adapted his experimental work for commercial use, and reflects on his future.
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Langan's films typically involve technical experimentation, resulting in works that reinterpret time and images to create unique observations of familiar subjects. Bizarre situations and surreal sequences appear frequently in his films. He is known for his use of the experimental animation technique pixilation.
His artistic influences include singer/composer Bobby McFerrin and filmmakers Norman McLaren, Zbigniew Rybczynski, Steven X. Arthur, and Jan Švankmajer.
The Slamdance Film Festival commissioned Langan to complete a film under five minutes in 2008. The resulting film, Dahlia, which premiered at the festival the following year, has since screened at film festivals across the globe. The film is a three-minute portrait of San Francisco, Langan's home at the time, featuring a musical score composed by the filmmaker.
In 2010, Langan collaborated with author Brian Christian on a short film adaptation of Christian's poem, "Heliotropes."
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