These attractive pictures of myself and animator Stefan Gruber were taken by comic artist Kelly Froh in Seattle. On February 11th I presented my latest film, a paint on glass animation called Mario, at the NW Film Forum. It’s not completely finished yet, and I used this screening as an opportunity to get feedback, as did Stefan, who presented scenes from his film Both Worlds II. It was a lovely evening with a really great audience that was willing to express their thoughts and suggestions. Thank you to everyone who came!
I will be making some changes to the film, mostly to the way the subtitles appear and a little bit of timing tweaking.
I then hopped on a plane to San Francisco and reconnected with the awesome Brian Favorite, who is working on a documentary about transgenders in the Kingdom of Tonga. I made some animation for his trailer a few years ago.
I was in attendance at the Animated World program of the San Francisco Indie Film Festival, in which two of my shorts screened. A Walk in the Woods and They Look Right Through You played alongside a bunch of other animated shorts to a well packed house at the Roxie Theatre. Thanks to Nadja and Jay for being so organized! Some other interesting films in the program were A Dream at the Edge of Land by Steve Wood. This film combines old school paint on film animation with a type of cutout effect that creates shapes of colour/animation. Kind of like a moving version of the Hungry Caterpillar except with people, fish and birds.
Also interesting was Une Balade a la Mer, by Damien Stein, where a small puppet is animated in a real-size world, and Virtuos Virtuell by Thomas Stellmach. This last is a mind blowing ink animation timed to a classical overture. It was animated by combining videos and pictures of real ink with After Effects and maybe also TVPaint or another digital drawing software. Check out this nice documentary of it below (with English subtitles).
And finally, I managed to meet up with the folks at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. My film The Whale Story is screening there on March 8th, and we filmed a little Q&A (and special announcement, stay tuned!) by the water and the Golden Gate bridge.
All together a busy 10 days! So happy I could reconnect with friends and meet new ones.