How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels
|How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels|
|Directed by||Craig Welch|
|Produced by||Marcy Page|
|Written by||Craig Welch|
|Music by||Normand Roger|
|11 min 05 s|
While Welch's first film with the NFB, 1992's No Problem, was influenced by the comic style of NFB animators Cordell Barker and Richard Condie, How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels marked a distinct change in artistic direction, exploring such darker themes as death and desire, in a style that has been called "surrealistic." Welch has stated that one of the original influences for the film was Arnold Böcklin's painting Isle of the Dead as well as Norman McLaren's 1946 NFB animated short A Little Phantasy on a 19th-century Painting, which incorporates the Böcklin work.
The film received multiple awards including a Special Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Best of International Animation at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, a Special Recognition for Design at the Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films, the Best Animation Film Award at the Dresden Filmfest, the Prize of Sparkasse at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film and a Gold Hugo in the animation category at the Chicago International Film Festival.
- "How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- William Beard and Jerry White, ed. (June 2002). North of Everything: English-Canadian cinema since 1980. University of Alberta Press. ISBN 0-88864-390-X. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- Jayne Pilling, ed. (29 May 2012). "On Craig Welch's How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels". Animating the Unconscious: Desire, Sexuality, and Animation. Wallflower Press. ISBN 978-0231161992. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels at the Internet Movie Database
- Watch How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels at NFB.ca
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