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The Suicide Bitches - Say My Name

Say My Name is an experimental music video that mixes organic claymation with industrial archival footage. It looks like a time-lapse video of growing fungus, with faces and other recognizable cartoonish shapes appearing and disappearing in constant motion.

  • Diego Cumplido
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Genres:
    Experimental Animation, Found footage
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2015
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    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Diego Cumplido

Diego Cumplido (Chile, 1987) is a visual storyteller with a multidisciplinary practice as an experimental filmmaker-animator, cartoonist, comic book creator and illustrator. Currently based in Edinburgh, Diego is writing a script for his first feature length film and also is developing a graphic novel.

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Director Statement

This animated experiment, reminiscent of the work of canadian animator Bruce Bickford (Prometheus’ Garden, 2008), is an exploration into the inherent aesthetic of animated plasticine, when the material is not being used to mimic reality.

The idea originally grew out of my own cartoon sketches, which had been getting more abstract and weird without loosing the basic visual elements of cartooning. Suddenly it seemed a good idea to put this imagery to practice by experimenting with it on plasticine.

I believe the permanent transformation, emergence and disappearance of shapes and the frenetic pace of the video parallel the brutal speed in which life happens and transforms and the impossible-to-control nature of human civilization (and capitalism).

The video was made editing on animated improvisations, and it involved research of archival footage that contrasted well with the animated segments. The guttural song by The Suicide Bitches, included in their album Semenation (2015), reinforces the notion of spreading chaos.

Launched at last August, the Say My Name video was painstakingly animated on a very small laundry closet here in Edinburgh.