In a style reminiscent of Edward Gorey's dark illustrations in Victorian settings, Virgilio Villoresi and Virginia Mori have created a book that becomes animated once an optical film is placed over the pages. The technique—which dates back to pre-cinema—allows the characters’ shadows to flicker gently, hair to rustle in the wind, and waves to crash gently against a rowboat found within the books’ pages.
Titled Vento, the picture book is a result of Villoresi’s animation and Mori’s illustration, the Italian duo inspired to produce the book as an homage to the relationship between image and movement. Vento is the first in a series of animated books by Withstand Film that contain minimal plots to encourage readers to weave together their own interactive narrative.
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