CGI Fridays! James Hutchinson chooses The Fifth Element

Dir. Luc Besson, English, 1997

Fri 9 April 2010 // 19:30 / Cinema

Come for the second in a series of Friday night screenings celebrating the wonder and horrors of computer-generated imagery! Tonight local artist James Hutchinson will show some of his short animations and following that he has chosen The Fifth Element for us to see, on 35mm.

James Hutchinson is an artist based in Newcastle who teaches at the University of Sunderland. His exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2005 showcased his unique black and white style of hand-drawn computer animation. Tonight he will show some work which is inspired by and evocative of the city. see

The Fifth Element by director Luc Besson is a science fiction classic set in a fictional twenty-third century where taxicabs can fly through the streets of New York. Wikipedia tells us that although it was shot in Super 35 mm film format, many scenes contain visual effects, and nearly all of the visual effects scenes are hard-matted. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects and the Visual Effects Society voted the visual effects of The Fifth Element to be the 50th most influential of all time.


The Fifth Element