smile at your sister: JULIA POTT

posted by on 08.07.2011, under Animation, Film, Independent, Love
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Smile at your sister is my new favorite spot to stop by and visit for a while.  They recently wrote about our lady friend and animator Julia Pott, asking her about dreams, life and love:

” … my first career aspiration as a child was to be a balloon. it seemed like a very feasible choice but as I got older I started to think about the ins and outs of becoming a balloon and I lost the ambition. after that I went straight on to wanting to be an animator and never really explored anything else …”

Please read the entire interview here, it’s so worth it.

Noelle

everybody’s kickin it back

posted by on 07.09.2011, under Animation, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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Still from "The First Time CeeCee Did Acid" by Noelle Melody

Odds are the show is probably your basic dumb shit . But then you sort of think well maybe it’s beyond dumb, maybe it’s a ra-tard. Maybe it’s something really cool that you don’t even know about. And uh, and you started feeling like you definitely wanna be a part of it.

I’ve got to celebrate this teaser for the show, created by Taylor Armstrong.

Showcasing our submissions of half-cocked short-shorts, we promise you’ll be disturbed and/or left in great dismay.

It’s all happening at Glasslands this Wednesday, July 13th at 8pm — come experience some dumb shit AND drink a cold beer at the same time.

~Joy

The Making of Place Stamp Here

posted by on 06.01.2011, under Animation, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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It’s a trailer!  Watch, if you please.

Sometimes, films aren’t planned. Place Stamp Here was an accident. Shhh, a happy accident, darling.

“I realized that sometimes my favorite part of my job is that my chair swivels, so maybe I need to more actively pursue other, more creative, more lovely projects.” – Kelly Sharp

And then Kelly sent us her charming script.

When she talks, Kelly goes off on these tangents that are wonderful and natural and so insisting that she narrate the script exactly how she’d described it to us in an email, we moved forward with our take on how to tell the story visually…

To the storyboards.

place stamp here storyboards

Cute … we could’ve drawn the whole film that way. But at the same time  1.) I sort of loved finishing a film in such a timely fashion and  2.) I really loved using the actual trinkets and the things we’ve all collected on all of our travels. Which also made the process unique and interesting. And amazing!

The music really tied the film together — composed by Jasmin Way, Carter Logan and Hannah Rawe of The Chandeliers with Zach Knox on piano.

It was so fun to collaborate and we’re so lucky to be surrounded by such creative types. We all thought of it like this — maybe we’re broke and maybe didn’t plan on making another film … but it’s festival season which equals fun. Motivation!

We used different techniques like shooting the stop-motion elements, combining traditional animation with cut-outs, watercolor, photographs. It’s um, a cornucopia of mixed media.

But OK, my favorite part was making coffee-stained paper for the backgrounds.

Mmmmm coffee makes anything possible.

~Joy

Workin it at Charleston International Film Fest ’11

posted by on 05.25.2011, under Animation, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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Joy and I are the proud parents of this year's festival poster

We’ve been attending the Charleston International Film Festival since it was born in 2008 { see recap from 2008 and 2010 } and it gets better and better every year.  The weather was perfect for bike rides to screenings, enjoying yummy summer drinks, watching great films and staying up super late only to do it all again the next day.  This festival is fun in the sun.  Some highlights!

the lovely Tina McCard and Kelly Sharp { who wrote the script to our film }

2 for 1 margaritas for bike gangs

Jameson + margaritas at Taco Boy

iced coffees at our new favorite Charleston spot, KUDU

AND we won Best Animation for our little film Place Stamp Here.  This made us smile as the films in the Animation Block were amazing and to be chosen as the best among them is surprising and wonderful.

Place Stamp Here wins the Best Animation Audience Award

Thanks Charleston!  Work it baby.

Noelle

the dumbest sh*t i ever saw

posted by on 04.27.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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hello children!  mickey with steve buscemeyes has an important announcement:

brought to you by metcalf loves you and twins are weird.

don’t let this fall through your crack!  for more information on the deadline and rules (that’s right, we made RULES damnit) go to our Dumb Sh*t tumblr.  it has the bokeh!

joy

Sleep is optional.

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

Noelle

Remember that Peculiar Parade thing?

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

Noelle

One Minute Puberty

posted by on 03.11.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Just ... just give up., Music
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Bitteschoen.tv – a studio in Berlin, Germany, that likes to illustrate and animate the world.  And it also likes cats.

Written and Animated by Alexander Gellner

Track and Sound Design by Niklas A Kröger

Gellner’s film illustrates what it feels like for boys to go through puberty.  Mind is blown.  Someone should do a girl version, we go through some changes.

{via Motionographer}

Noelle

Kill Your Friends

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

Noelle

CHARON

posted by on 03.01.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Independent, Music, Music Videos
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A music video from Keaton Henson’s album, “Dear …” Click the photo of the suicidal puppet to watch.

Directed by David WilsonJohn Malcolm Moore and Keaton Henson.

Even though the song makes me just as sad as this lonely puppet, I’m going to buy his album.

These three talented lads also worked together on this NEXT insane music video in 20 days back in September.  I remember I wanted to write about it at the time but my mind bent a little bit watching it and I forgot.  Here it is now, in all it’s melting, acid flashback glory:

Noelle

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