Short: I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died

This eerie adaptation of Emily Dickinson's poem by animator Lynn Tomlinson is one of my all time favorite short films. It's a beautiful use of clay on glass technique that creates a dreamlike atmosphere over the entire piece.

And the poem:

I heard a Fly buzz (465)

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – The Stillness in the Room Was like the Stillness in the Air – Between the Heaves of Storm –

The Eyes around – had wrung them dry – And Breaths were gathering firm For that last Onset – when the King Be witnessed – in the Room –

I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away What portions of me be Assignable – and then it was There interposed a Fly –

With Blue – uncertain stumbling Buzz – Between the light – and me – And then the Windows failed – and then I could not see to see –


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