Down Escalation, 2018   |   trailer   |   more painting   |   ​​​​​​​more drawings
07min 20sec, 4096 × 2160 pixel, music by Makoto Itabashi

Synopsis: 
Falling down, it feels ecdysone is filling up its body.
Delving into the deeper layers of itself, the flesh is melted down in the shell until the form is no longer.


落下する身体はエクジソンに浸る。
沈み込む中、肉体は形がなくなるまで溶けていく。
"Down Escalation unfolds intuitively, through dreamlike associations of forms and motifs"
 
"The film opens on a closeup of a caterpillar as it spasms into and out of abstraction before thudding against a hard surface, apparently dead. Dissolve to a scene in which one of Hayashi's trademark humanoid figures lies supine beneath tower blocks. It tries to sit up but is restrained, insect-like, by an invisible cocoon. It's then transported through a number of spectral environments, its lithe body plagued by paralysis and distortions - but then suddenly enlivened by meshed of colour. Hayashi seems to say that organic matter will retain its vibrant inner life, no matter how oppressive its surroundings." 
by Alex Dudok de Wit, on Asifa Magazine 2019/VOL. 30/#1
" As an experimental haiku Down Escalation is a short film that works on forms and their gradual loss of identity due to the removal of the sign. Shunsaku Hayashi, a young film animation filmmaker born in 1992, proves to be one of the most original voices of animated experimental film making."
"Shunsaku Hayashi dissects a cocooning process. Using painting and animation as scalpels and accompanied by composer Makoto Itabashi he creates fine cuts of a transformation into largely abstract images and sound as well as layers of time. Seen under the filmic microscope, we observe with wonder a radical reorganisation of physical and emotional structures. A nervous flickering and blinking in the silence and distant closeness while shell and shape are dissolving."
 Down Escalation Trailer
Prizes
2018.04.30   27th Arizona International Film Festival, USA < the Jury Awards for Creative Achievement >
Screenings
2018.03.22   56th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA
         04.12   45th Athens International Film and Video Festival, USA
         04.13   8th Capital City Film Festival, USA
         04.18   42nd Atlanta Film Festival, USA
         04.28   27th Arizona International Film Festival, USA
         05.04   20th Maryland Film Festival, USA
         05.23   4th Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, USA
         05.26   14th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece
         06.06   Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy
         06.21   24th Palm Springs International Shortfest, USA
         08.10   Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
         08.20   20th annual Sidewalk Film Festival
         08.23   Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil
         08.23   San Diego Underground Film Festival, USA
         08.24   17th Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan
         08.24   Festival Silhouette, France
         09.08   Unseen Festival, USA
         09.26   Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada
         09.26   AnimaSyros International Animation Festival + Agora, Greece
         10.09   Animatou, Switzerland
         10.11   Sapporo Short Fest, Japan
         10.14   Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Italy
         10.14   NonPlussed Fest, USA
         10.30   DOK Leipzig, Germany
         10.31   Denver Film Festival, USA
         11.03   St Cloud Film Festival, USA
         11.20   Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany
2020.03.15   International Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany
         06.03   Animafest Zagreb, Croatia
         06.03   Milano Film Festival, Italy
         11.30   London international animation festival, UK