Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  7 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Animation
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An unrestrained animated riot of color and energy built on a multitude of CMYK symbols, the codes used in four-color process printing.


CMYK is a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement. Director Marv Newland and animator Kunal Sen meticulously assembled multitudes of CMYK symbols, pulled off flaps of common printed materials like cereal boxes. Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork. Colored dots pulsate chaotically, crosshairs roll languidly and primary shapes dance compellingly, while the music by composer Lisa Miller and the Quatuor Bozzini quartet is equally spontaneous. The result: an unrestrained riot of colour and energy.

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Main credits

Newland, Marv (film director)
Newland, Marv (screenwriter)
Newland, Marv (animator)
Rose, Martin (film producer)

Other credits

Animated and edited by Kunal Sen; composer, Lisa Cay Miller; sound design and sound supervision, Gael MacLean; music recording, Louis Hone, Robert Langlois; re-recording engineer, Doug Paterson; executive producer, Tracey Friesen.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Performance Art
Performing Arts
Film and Video Studies

Distributor subjects

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Film and Video Arts - Experimentation
Maximum Age Level - 17
Media Education - Film Animation
Minimum Age Level - 15


Colour printing; Animation techniques; Consumerism; Experimental films; "CMYK"; National Film Board of Canada

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