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Race Gods Race

My goal is to invoke deep thought on the mythic and geopolitical forces that create and destroy civilizations within the framework of a 60 second stop motion film.

Race Gods Race is a meditation on the divine archetypes of the different tribes, countries and groupings that make up the human race and how these gods and mythic heroes affect the ways that different peoples interaction with other branches of the human family. How people of different backgrounds join together and are kept apart by the magic hero stories of their childhoods.

This animation grew out of my Wednesday night Stop Mo Video Chat Workshop. There is kind of a very loose Aardman Lip Sync vibe to the piece. But without any real lip sync. I am juxtapositioning the audio from old broadcast world news reports of global conflict with stop motion conflict between national and racial mythic entities; i.e. witches, gods and demons.

I am trying to get at the underlying super reality that subdivisions of humanity learn/create as part of their racial/national myth. And I am playing with the idea that these mythic constructs have a real effect on how groups of peoples interact with and sometimes even kill one another.

That sounds very high brow but I am also having real fun animating witches and dragons and blood and flames and Anubis fighting a skeleton ala Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. What more can you ask?

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  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • London Shows International Film Festival
    London, England
    January 17, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Ozark Shorts Film Festival
    Lamar, Missouri
    United States
  • Mister Vorky Festival of One Minute Film
    June 4, 2016
  • CreActive International Open Film Festival (IOFF)
    June 11, 2016
  • Festival de Cortometrajes "Jose Francisco Rosado" PACAS
    Pedro Muñoz
    January 3, 2017
Director Biography - Larry Loc

Larry Loc is a Stop Motion and 3-D computer animator, an animation educator, a former Board Member of ASIFA-Hollywood, the History of Animation Professor at Cal State Fullerton, an after school instructor of Stop Motion Animation at Ladera Vista Junior High School in Fullerton, California and the director of the "AniMazSpot International Animation Feedback Festival" (to which, sadly, he can not submit his own work).

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Director’s Statement

Stop Motion Animation is the red haired step child of animation education. By and large stop motion is just not being taught in animation programs. I do everything I can to change that.