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.
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.
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.”
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!