IMAGE DANCE

“Image Dance” is an experimental film made by Colorado artist and filmmaker John Dawson in 2023. This short film is 100% hand made by drawing, painting and scratching directly onto 16mm and Super 8 film stock.
My films are all about motion and having fun! I hope people are entertained and energized by all of my films. You can think of it like a ride at the amusement park or view it the same way you might view fireworks or abstract painting. The music is Disco Funk by AntipodeanWriter from pixabay.com. Norman McLaren, Len Ley and Steve Woloshen were all great influences and inspiration for this work.

Director: John Dawson
United States, 2023
2:49 min

John Dawson lives just outside of Boulder, Colorado and is the son of Colorado watercolor artist Milly Dawson. His fine artworks have been shown and sold in galleries in Colorado and online as well. He worked on and off for a small commercial animation studio in Denver in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Norman McLaren, Len Ley and Steve Woloshen were all great influences and inspiration for this work.

John Dawson, Director of Image Dance (2023)

EXPERIMENTAL VOID

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  • AND THE CRANES KEPT DANCING

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  • WINGS OF DESIRE

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  • ARCADIA

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  • ENVY AND NEIGHBORHOOD

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  • PARADES

    Enter a world where fantasy and dream combine with the movement of the body, where time stops until rebirth....

  • IMAGE DANCE

    “Image Dance” is an experimental film made by Colorado artist and filmmaker John Dawson in 2023. This short film is 100% hand made by drawing, painting and scratching directly onto 16mm and Super 8 film stock....

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  • NIGHT OVER R32

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