A sick beginning

This is how everything started. “Six Men Getting Sick” (or Six Figures Getting Sick), the color animated short film by David Lynch -described by himself as “57 seconds of growth and fire, and three seconds of vomit”, was made in 1966. It is also the first work of this master of surreal, nightmarish and dreamlike images.

The film cost $200 and was not intended to have any successors. It was merely an experiment on Lynch’s part because he wanted to see his paintings move. Then, just like that, it won the Academy’s annual film contest, leading to a commission and later on to a $5,000 grant from the American Film Institute to keep working.
The rest is history.