The fun thing about being an artist

posted by on 02.23.2012, under Animation, Art, Film, Film Festivals, Independent, Twin Time

Joy and I were delighted to see Leonardo DeLuzio’s short film Apt. 5A at the SoDak Animation Festival last fall.  I liked it so much that I referred him to the Charleston International Film Festival to submit this year.

The fun thing about being an artist is you can draw pictures.  Obviously.  But you’re not just limited to drawing pictures to combat boredom or even to get paid.  You can draw people Christmas gifts.  You can make get well cards and Thank You cards.

This is the Thank You card Leonardo sent over after he was accepted to Charleston.  Those are his characters from Apt. 5A with our girls.  Absolutely love this.


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Cee Cee’s Vacation

posted by on 02.21.2012, under Animation, Film

She’s baaaaaaaaack…

Our little Cee Cee has so many horrible tales to share with you, preferably at bedtime. Our next short, Cee Cee’s Vacation, will be coming soon. Look! We’ve posted some rough layouts:


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Down to the Bone

posted by on 09.19.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Independent, You're Welcome.


DOWN TO THE BONE is one of our favorite short films and it is available online today!

This is the work of our friend, animator Peter Ahern. It was his senior thesis film at Pratt, made in 2009.

Little Michael has vicious allergies, and when babysitter Meredith arrives for a night of no-nonsense, he’s swiftly dispatched to the yard…where his delicate condition takes a turn for the worse.

Here’s a cool little clip from SXSW 2010, where Peter gives some insight into the film during a post-screening interview

Head over to the Peter’s blog, Optic Candy, to read more.


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The 1st Time Cee Cee Did Acid – NSFW

posted by on 09.01.2011, under Animation, Film

The 1st time Cee Cee did acid, there was a road runner, a volcano and a flappy fish. Based on a true story.

This film was created for The Dumbest Sh*t I Ever Saw in Brooklyn this summer and it’s making it’s internet debut today!


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Terry Gilliam’s violent and sexy animation tutorial

posted by on 08.28.2011, under Animation, Art, Film

Motionographer posted this today and I had to share.

I love cutout animation but haven’t make a REAL cutout film since college, which was um … a long time ago.

Anyway.  Enjoy!


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Our new digs.

posted by on 08.26.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Logo-motion, Motion Graphics, Reels

Hello little ones!

We are suuuuuuuper excited to share our new site AND new blog. Hello Again Girls, which you all know and love, will now be our personal place to write about DIY-ing, weddings, fashion, and pretty things that sparkle. The Twins Are Weird blog will be for our work, film festivals, animation and all things delightful in the art world.

AND we have a new reel showcasing all of our work from 2010-2011!

Quick! Watch it before hurricane irene comes over and the power goes out.

Noelle + Joy

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Poster child

posted by on 04.20.2011, under Animation, Art

Did you feel that?  It’s film festival time.  And when it’s festival time, we make trailers and posters.

Joy and I designed the poster for the Charleston International Film Festival again!  (see last year’s poster)

We looooove this festival.  I can’t wait for the animation screening where we’ll show our FINISHED new short, Place Stamp Here.

We’ll be screening alongside Patrick Smith’s Masks as well as some more great films on May 19th – 4PM at the American Theater.



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Sleep is optional.

posted by on 04.06.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Film Festivals, Independent

Sometimes, when Joy and I are supposed to be working on a million other things, we make a film instead.

This inevitably leads to a string of sleepless nights fueled by pots of coffee and takeout.  Our friends think we’re crazy and our mom calls to make sure we’re not dead, but it’s really fun when it pays off.

One of our Festival Bumpers, (the one for the Martha’s Vineyard Film Fest 2010) is up for an award at the ASIFA East Festival on May 1st!

And our brand new film, Place Stamp Here – which we made with the fantastic Kelly Sharp – will be screening at the Charleston International Film Festival on May 19th.

Sleep is optional.


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Remember that Peculiar Parade thing?

posted by on 03.26.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Film Festivals, Independent

The Peculiar Picture Parade Joy and I put together at 92YTribeca last night couldn’t have been more fun.  The theater is small which makes for a really chill screening with the nearest and dearest.

Look at all the pretty faces

Joy and I surprised everyone with a film we did just for the Parade called “Place Stamp Here.”  It’s based on a short story by Kelly Sharp and the three of us made the film in about a month.  The music was done by The Chandeliers with Zach Knox on piano.

Thanks again to Brett W. Thompson for making the event flyer.

Brett Thompson rocks

There was a fantastic audience reaction from each film.  Our Q+A session with the filmmakers covered animation, crunch berries, sex and death.

Jessica Polaniecki, Brett Thompson, Dusty Grella, Signe Baumane and Kelly Sharp

Joy Vaccese, Lori Samsel, Katie Cropper and Noëlla Borie

Please enjoy the Signal Film by Taylor Armstorng – it is a 25 second documentary about how Joy and I put this lil animation show together.

And that’s how the magic happens boys and girls.

Here is the list of films in the screening:

One Minute Puberty by Alexander Gellner

Snack Track by Lori Samsel

Matter Fisher by David Prosser

Nosy Bear by Fran Krause

The Face Shop by Noëlla Borie

Sugar by Katie Cropper

The Backwater Gospel by The Animation Workshop – Bo Mathorne Schou-Nielsen

Place Stamp Here by Joy Vaccese, Noelle Melody and Kelly Sharp

Boobatry by Leah Shore

Masks by Patrick Smith

Letterbox by Dusty Grella

Animation Hotline Series by Dusty Grella

My Mother’s Coat by Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits

Animated GIF by Josh Burgraff

Fluidtoons Part 1 by Brett W. Thompson

Guard Dog Global Jam by Bill Plympton

To Have and To Hold by Jessica Polaniecki

Matatoro by Mauro Carraro

Excerpt from Rocks in My Pocket (Suicide) by Signe Baumane

Fluidtoons Part 2 by Brett W. Thompson

Thanks to all the filmmakers and friends who made it out.  Christina at 92Y invited us back anytime, so hopefully we will do this again soon.


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Kill Your Friends

posted by on 03.04.2011, under Art, Film, Independent, Writing

Opening title sequence created by Kris Clarkin as his thesis project.  It’s for a proposed film adaptation of the book “Kill Your Friends,” based in London in 1997 when ‘Britpop’ is at its height.

I found Clarkin’s title sequence very entertaining, playfully integrating the names of the cast and crew into items found in the apartment with quick cuts to flashbacks from the main character’s life – sex, drugs and debauchery.

The book opens with a quote from Hunter S. Thompson, which summarizes the essence of the novel:

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side.

{via Forget the Film, Watch the Titles}.

I think I need to read this book now.


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The Backwater Gospel

posted by on 02.21.2011, under Animation, Art, Film

The Backwater Gospel, the bachelor project of 8 students, is my new favorite short from the Animation Workshop.  It has everything I look for in terms of story, music, design and animation.  I love the gritty texture overlay and the detailed, dark outlines of the characters.  The sound design and pace of the film really help to create tension as the people get more and more panicked.  I also find the end credits to be quite amusing.

It has a certain “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” Twilight Zone quality, where the townsfolk turn on each other as their fear and paranoia take over.  Only the Undertaker is the observer of the destruction rather than the aliens.

Everyone knows that concept art is probably the most fun thing about making an animated film, and their blog is full of early character sketches and background designs if you want to geek out over it.


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North Dixie Drive

posted by on 01.10.2011, under Film, Independent

My lady Jasmin Way just finished editing a documentary that will screen this week in Brooklyn!  I can’t go because I am across an ocean and I can’t swim that fast, but you can still make it to this advanced screening.

Directed by NY debut filmmaker, Eric Mahoney, “North Dixie Drive” is a portrait of a small community of businesses and people residing in a tiny section of Dayton, OH. It is the story of big time wrestlers, mechanics, a donut salesmen, a homeless country singer, barbers, strippers and car repo men. This eccentric collection of people live and work around a traffic circle situated along highway I-75, and fight to keep their lives and careers afloat in a failing economy.

Wed, Jan. 12th, 7:30PM
622 Degraw St. Brooklyn, NY 11217

Here’s some press on the event:

Don’t miss it!  There’s limited seating so get your tickets online, only $5 to help an up and coming artist.


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Animation Sequences – Spun

posted by on 10.26.2010, under Animation, Film, Independent

Today, I bring you animated sequences from Spun (2002 independent film by Jonas Åkerlund)

The animation suits the grungy, druggy, and vile cult film.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen Spun.  Looking back to old trailers when writing this post,  I hate to say it reminds me of Requiem For A Dream.  I don’t like comparing the two – who can top Requiem?  But Spun holds a special place in my heart as far as frenetic drug freak films are concerned and BONUS, it features some quality animation by animator Murray John.

The scene depicts an intense pornographic hallucination. It’s pretty graphic but I dig the use of animation here, where the artist literally has no boundaries.

And Jason Schwartzman  rules all.

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Animation Sequences – Youth In Revolt

posted by on 10.22.2010, under Animation, Film

On a Michael Cera binge again, I decided to throw Youth In Revolt to the top of my Netflix queue and finally watched it. Delighted by Cera’s character as usual, I loved the film – but I’m a classic nerd and I’m much more excited about the fantastic animation sequences which were lightly besprinkled throughout.

Peter Sluszka directed 6 animations, of which 4 were chosen for the final cut.  Each section was created using different techniques.  Sluszka talks about his work in this interview.

Youth In Revolt - Title Sequence

Stop motion – the opening titles seamlessly linked the live action and the animation.

Youth In Revolt - Road Trip

Pixelation – shot with a digital still camera against green screen, thousands of the images were then printed and photographed again for the final animation.

Youth In Revolt - Hallucination

Traditional 2D Animation – hilarious … he does shrooms and then hallucinates, obviously the perfect time to introduce another animated bit. And since he’s a virgin, of course he’s going to visualize people having sex. The couples were drawn and colored by hand then added to the live action in post production.

Youth In Revolt - End Credits

Flash – used to create legendary ending credits. Lizzi Akana was one of the many animators who had worked on this section and she’s pretty sick, check out her stuff.  Among other things, she’s worked on Superjail and MGMT’s popular music video, Kids with Henry Thurlow.

More on animation in feature films coming up …

Nighty night,


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Character Designs

posted by on 09.02.2010, under Animation, Film Festivals, Sketchbook

Hello again!

Yay it’s my faaaaaaaaaavorite time of year! Noey and I have been making it a habit to animate film festival bumpers such as these oldies-but-goodies, and this year we’ve been asked to animate another one for the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival.

Here are some rough character designs!

martha's vineyard international film fest bumper

Which one should we choose? All suggestions are welcome! We’re leaning towards the last one in the first row – obviously because of the giant disproportions. Cracks me up.


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