WEEK 7: Doll House

Doll House

Remember those stop motion movies you used to look forward to watching every Christmas as a child? Remember that warm fuzzy feeling you would get every time? While this documentary was not animated, I absolutely felt a sense of nostalgia, a trip down memory lane to my..rather interesting childhood. I say interesting because I never celebrated Christmas as a child, and would depend of those shows to satisfy my urge for Christmas in the house. Due to that sensation alone, I must applaud director Teri Timely for the emotional impact her very neat and beautiful film had on me. Dollhouse is a documentary short which probes on the life of Kate Charles, a professional doll artist, and exhibits her creative process, and the entire journey from start to finish whereby she orders her pieces, creates the dolls, prepare them for marketing and distribution, and the feedback she receives from buyers. This film also exhibited she struggles she faces as an artist in terms of not being absolutely satisfied with anything she makes as she is an extreme perfectionist, and her work is excellent and I feel as if many artists could relate to her plight. This documentary reminded me very much of Mariel Brown’s “Small Man”. The documentaries both shared similar aesthetics, and almost the same theme even in terms of them being about artists. The only difference really is that one creates dolls and the other was about a guy whose father created children’s toys, not just dolls. As I mentioned earier, what I really loved about this documentary was of neatly it was shot. Attention to detail was definitely evident, and rightly so due to the topic at hand. Dealing with small objects with fine detail it only makes sense to shoot it in such a way that the audiences sees how intricate the design process is, and by that show much respect to Kate and the beautiful work she is doing. The shots composed were often close ups, rarely ever handheld, and I also noticed that everything in frame was important as he would often rack focus from one important image in frame to another very important image. The final aspect of this documentary I’d like to comment on was the use of music. It very well complemented the theme with it’s somewhat jovial, “made for cartoon” type production.

 

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