Imagination by Eric Leiser

Eric Leiser, a recent grad of the CalArts Experimental Animation program, has completed his first feature film, Imagination, which combines live-action with stop motion. Here is the film’s official website. LA folks can check out a couple midnight screenings this weekend, July 6 and 7, at Lammle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Other upcoming screenings are listed here.

The film sounds like a real departure from typical animated fare. It’s something I look forward to seeing. Below is the synopsis and trailer:

Dr. Reineger is a child neuro-psychologist who has dealt with extreme and abnormal cases his entire life. He has studied the Woodruff twins intensely for many years and has become confident of at least one thing: the twin Anna has a rare form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, rendering her unable to cope with reality. As for her sister, Sarah, who has been blinded over the past year by a degenerative eye disease, the Doctor cannot say for sure why her visions map so closely to Anna’s. As he reflects on the twins’ ever increasing symbiosis and unified visions, he begins to see the girls as something quite special and outside of the bounds of his understanding.


  • http://www.scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    Wow, interesting! I have a brother with autism so I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of using animation to depict a window into their world.

  • http://tangoland.com Cynthia

    Not sure what to think…the film almost seems so artsy farty and over produced that I cant get a clear grasp on the condition and how exactly it affects people. I’d like to learn more and understand it better, but this comes off almost as one of those abstract clothing commercials/ads that have little to do with the subject at hand and more about special effects (and what appears to be acting..not actual genuine documentary material).

  • amid

    Cynthia: This is not a documentary, it’s a piece of fiction.

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    Wow… creepy…

  • http://tangoland.com Cynthia

    Ah…I guess by the description I didn’t gather it was fiction.

  • Jim

    Looks amazing!!!