Not so much frightful as funny this week: a period drama featuring steampunk dueling mecha, lots of destructive action and sexual innuendo — not to forget ironic comment on the underlying hypocrisies of the chivalric gentleman’s “code of honour”.
A Gentlemen’s Duel (US-2006; short [7:46 min.]; dir. Sean McNally and Francisco Ruiz Velasco)
Fighting for the affections of Lady Bluntsworth, the two adversaries, Sir Eustace Weatherbury and Lord Du Bois do battle in their pugilist steam-powered armour, but who will be victorious?
It’s made by Blur Studio, who do excellent animation, such as Rockfish, which featured on Undead Backbrain last year. If, after watching the film, you want to garner some information about its creation and about even bigger robotic sequences that didn’t get into the finished product (see image below), here is an interview with co-creator Sean McNally.
- via Kaiju Search-Robot Avery