The Beard

1978

The Beard is my last animated short before launching into live-action. Following the labor-intensive Oriental Nightfish I took a anti-technique approach, drawing directly onto paper without a storyboard, inventing each scene afresh, day-by-day with a stream of consciousness approach. The process got out of hand and became a monster in itself, requiring nine months of continuous drawing that nearly sent me crazy. I posted the finished film through Stanley Kubrick’s letterbox, in the hope that he would release it with his next film. When The Shining came out, the Jack Nicholson axe through the door scene bore a remarkable resemblance to my axe sequence in the Beard.