Around the Block is a reminder that sometimes, a walk around your neighbourhood is all you need to unplug that creative block.
The new short film from Jonnie Lewis is a quick three minutes in the life of artist David Zinn, whose imaginary chalk characters can be found on cracked surfaces all around his hometown. ‘I have a strong suspicion that people think that artists do not have any hesitation or fear when faced with a blank page,’ Zinn says in the film’s opening. ‘In theory, a blank page is the most ideal circumstance and in practice, it’s paralysing.’
With the help of playful animation that sees Zinn’s characters come to life and accompany his wanderings through town, Around the Block is less a study of street art, and more an ode to the kinds of ideas that can worm their way out of our brains when we get away from the computer screen or the blank page, and into the real world—albeit in this case, in the company of fictional characters.
‘Much like David finds inspiration in the cracks, streaks and specks on the pavement, I personally find that getting out and finding shots with a camera in my hand is far more fluid and inspiring than sitting at home and trying to come up with ideas,’ said Lewis. ‘If nothing else, hopefully it encourages someone else to go out and create something just… because.’
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