Californian stop-motion animator, PES, offers a madcap vision of the world that uses baubles for bomb blasts, chainmail for water and rubber bands for spaghetti. What’s inspiring about his films is their ability to present familiar objects and narratives – a moth flying around a lamp, someone taking a pee – and flip them into something completely new. My personal favourite is his short film, ‘Fresh Guacamole’. Making guacamole isn’t necessarily the most exciting of activities, but when the avocado shell is a grenade, the flesh is made of Play-Doh and the nut is a snooker ball, suddenly you’re in a different place. You’re a five-year-old with a Catherine wheel for an imagination, looking at everyday activities that haven’t settled into being ordinary yet. And it’s this mix of childish glee with the straight-up surreal that make PES films pretty special for me.
-Angus Prior, copywriter, gyro Manchester