Александр Петров (Alexander Petrov) born in 1957, is a Russian animator. After studying art at the State Institute of Cinema and TV, he became the disciple of Yuri Norshteyn.
Petrov is one of the few animators in the world who master the technique of pastel oil painting on glass, a technique that requires precision and patience. The method consists of using your fingers to paint sheets of glass covered with slow-drying oil paints. Then you need to photograph each frame one by one.
The following animation is his latest work released last year. It’s called “Ещё раз” (One more time) and tell us a simple story. Life. Life that rolls and rolls and sometimes you look at a picture, you remember it all and you want to play it again… or not.
We also recommend you to watch one of Petrov’s most famous works – The old man and the Sea (Старик и море), based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film won many awards, including the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. The film’s style is analogous to that used in Petrov’s other films and can be characterized as a type of Romantic realism. People, animals and landscapes are painted and animated in a very realistic fashion, but there are sections where Petrov attempts to visually show a character’s inner thoughts and dreams. For example, the film contains a scene where the fisherman dreams that he and the marlin are brothers swimming through the sea and the sky.
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