I stumbled across Norman Leto's work a few years ago when I discovered his film Sailor. I was immediately hypnotized by it.
I like the way he combines film with 3D animation and prose, the way he manages to blend it all into something very organic. There is a sublime way of mixing technical and scientific approach with more realistic scenes in a very raw form, and the way he delivers a beautiful coexistence between the macroworld and the microworld.
The film includes his piece Lifeshapes which is a computer program designed by himself where he enters a series of biographical data about a specific person and the program turns it into a simulated shape.
Since I have been lately more and more drawn into working with video formats, he is been a big influence and has motivated me to play with the boundaries between reality and fantasy and to explore the limitations of our human visual perception.
Norman is currently finishing his latest feature film Photon which I think will be released beginning of next year. Can't wait!
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