The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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"After more than 25 years in the making... and unmaking..." Terry Gilliam returned to Brandt Animation once again for his long-awaited film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
The film opens on an ancient book in Quixote's library, accompanying Jonathan Pryce's introductory monologue. The layout was designed to feel like the
original 1605 edition of de Cervantes's book, and printed onto a blank page in one of Gilliam's antique books for the shoot.
Various inks, nibs and paper was tested for the design of Don Quixote's signature to develop a feel that both reflects his character and works well in the shot. The animation invokes the turns and beats of a flamenco dancer, and the swish of a sword-tip.

The end titles and credit roller were dressed with Gustave Doré's 19th century illustrations of the story, negated to white-on-black. These required significant alterations, as many didn't read well in negative. Several new elements were also created in Doré's style to make the original illustrations work in context of the endroller.
 
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