The hamster is crushing on a red headed school teacher (meow!) and rescues her from evil demons, obviously. And the music by Colin Huggins kicks surfer butt.
It’s up for Best Short on Reel 13. So if you enjoyed the light comedy + epic adventure of this video, it’d be so weird if you didn’t vote. Voting ends for this week on Wednesday at 5PM. Holy sh*t it’s Tuesday. There’s still time!
I’m excited to discover this contest and might even submit my own if the mood strikes. Everyone should! Here’s some motivation — the winner receives $250 and is broadcast on Reel 13 Saturday night on THIRTEEN. On television.
Every year the Woodstock Film Festival gets better and better. Last week we attended the 2010 festival with some seriously cool highlights.
1. From the left, my fiance flew to NY from England that morning to surprise me. BONUS!
2. The Woodstock 2010 Festival trailer Joy, James and I created was a huge hit and got a great response from the audience. Click here to watch and see how it was made.
3. Saw a brilliant film called “Don’t Quit Your Daydream,” produced by John Loar and Adrian Grenier. It’s about a band, The Good Listeners (Nathan Khyber & Clark Stiles) as they road trip through America recording their third album. Go out and buy it immediately and while you are at it, check out their other albums.
4. The Animation Screening was sold out BOTH days! The psychedelic and sexy films were very well received by the hippies. In the photo from the left: Signe Baumane, Peter Ahern, James Buran, Bill Plympton, Noelle Vaccese, Joy Vaccese and Dustin Grella.
5. We saw Luke Matheny, director of a short called, “God of Love.” It’s a great film we caught at the Martha’s Vineyard festival a few weeks ago.
6. We recognized Nathan and Clark from the Good Listeners at the after party. They are really cool guys and got us on the guest list for a show they were playing at Levon Helm’s Barn.
7. Concert at Levon Helm’s. It was a rad experience, The Good Listeners opened and played a mind-blowing show and Levon Helm’s Band was incredible.
8. We had to leave to get to the Awards ceremony. Got there late to find that Peter won Honorable Mention for his animated short, Down to the Bone. He wasn’t there to accept his award because we were at the coolest concert ever. Congrats anyway, Peter!
9. Oh yeah! And Keanu Reeves won the Best Actor Award. WHOA!
To see more photos of the Woodstock Film Festival 2010, click here.
After an 8 hour flight home from the UK last night, I had big plans for sleeping. But then my friend James had an extra ticket for The Tallest Man on Earth at Webster Hall. Oh, the sacrifice.
The Tallest Man on Earth, Webster Hall - Sept. 27 2010
It was a great show and by our second shot of Jameson, he played “The Gardener.” This is always the highlight for me, the tippy top favorite of my many favorite songs of his.
I made the trip across the big blue ocean for the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival. Joy, James and I worked on a music video, Golem, for The Maladies and it’s screening in the Animation Program this weekend.
We were also asked to make the Festival Signal Film again. Keep reading to find out how we made it:
There were two rules to making the film.
One – it had to be based on the 2010 poster by Portia Munson, which was created using flowers from Munson’s Catskill garden.
2010 Woodstock Film Festival Poster by Portia Munson
Second rule – the film had to be done using pixilation.
I was still in England so Joy and James called me on video chat to discuss. As James explained their concept, I could see Joy in the background, putting on too much makeup and wearing a funny costume. They said they would handle the live action while I animated the flowers which I’d send to them to put to music.
We got started. Joy and James dressed up as mime gardeners, a fairy and a rooster and took about 2,000 pictures of each other in their backyard. I watched classic Sesame Street stop motion for inspiration and spent hours digitally cutting out 105 flowers and 1 insect from the poster. I think I counted about 340 flowers in total but I could be wrong because I got dizzy.
You can imagine my excitement when they sent me a link to the finished movie. Their part was so fun and well done for two animators who work almost exclusively in hand drawn and computer animation. The live action seamlessly melts into my dancing flowers to The Tallest Man on Earth’s “The Gardener.”
We’ve been making the Woodstock Signal Films for three years now – here’s 2008 which Joy and I did together and here’s 2009, which we made with James and Arthur Metcalf.
There are going to be a few signal films in the festival this year for variety, two others were created by Aaron Hughes and Ivan Joy. I can’t wait to see what they came up with!
One of my favorite music videos that uses pixilation – remember “Wishful Thinking” by the Ditty Bops? This video is so damn cute. It starts off with the two band members cutting out the set and little characters, as if they are actually making the animation come to life. They playfully try to kill each other throughout the entire thing and the Vaudevillian style lends itself to pixilation – rather than just doing it to try something different. It really gives it that old silent movie feel.
We think everything we create is gold. Oh, I made something and it’s ridiculously long and it’s my baby and every second is important and amazing. Sadly, this is a delusion and you have to know when to cut. Cut. CUT. Here’s a deleted scene from “Golem” in it’s early stages of birth … before we aborted it.
Enjoy the fun little details, at 1:03 for example, when she farts diamonds.
Commissioned byRecord Makersfor their 10th anniversary, the film was first created using Flash and After FX and later re-animated on paper by the two illustrators.
I really love this. A brilliant exercise in variety vs constants, all the while fitting the song perfectly. The tempo of “Look” is a bit hypnotizing and so is watching this girl’s ass shift from side to side for 4 minutes while everything around her distorts and changes.
My favorite thing about Mrzyk and Moriceau is that they have been working like this for so long (10 years!) they are at the point where they don’t know who did what in the piece, it all just blends together to make it a unified, engaging whole.
Joy wrote an entry a couple of years ago about twin graffiti artists,Os Gemeos, who work in this same way. Imaginative results ensue, click here see their most recent masterpiece.
Tegan and Sara, twin pop artists from Canada who rock my small world, write their songs separately and send each other mp3s as they are putting their albums together. When I’m listening for the first time, I play a game with myself to decide if it’s a Sara song or a Tegan song.
Another example is one of my favorite books, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It’s a very funny novel about the end of the world and how we’re all going to die. Gaiman talks about how it went – “This is how we wrote a novel together. I’d write late at night. Terry wrote early in the morning. In the afternoon we’d have very long phone conversations where we’d read each other the best bits we’d written, and talk about stuff that could happen next. The main objective was to make the other one laugh.” Their writing styles are quite different but they compliment each other perfectly. I wish they would try this again.
I picked a couple of pieces from Mrzyk and Moriceau’s work to share with you. For more playful illustrations, go here.