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The Daily Reel's First Discovery: Leo Bridle

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik September 27, 2006 at 7:04AM

The Daily Reel's First Discovery: Leo Bridle
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Leo Bridle is only 19-years-old, but the fledgling British filmmaker has already amassed one of the most spirited, eye-catching collections of non-commercial shorts online. Along with content creators like PES and David Firth, Bridle belongs to a young generation of web animators who are definitely worth watching.

I interviewed Bridle for The Daily Reel, and I can't say I ever would have discovered these talents without my new found connection to Internet media. Is a truly independent worthwhile cinema really burgeoning online?

Watching Bridle's videos, from the lively, herky-jerky jouissance of "Off the Beaten Track" and "Still Life with Flowers" to the breakdancing robots of "Short Circuit," it's easy to see the impact of his two biggest influences, French filmmaker Michel Gondry and Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. There's definitely an innocence and perhaps even a slight immaturity to Bridle's work, far more gentle and sweet than most of what's out there. As he gets older, and finally goes to university, I wonder if his perspective will darken. Anyway, for now, check out a young man with a pure vision.