Jan 262013
 

Photo courtesy of Otto Bulut

Otto Bulut is the latest SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team, artist to utilize the Red Wall for a stop-motion animation film project. As part of SEAT’s residency, each artist is allotted 6-months of wall time to develop their project. Some insights into the process from Otto:

“The shoot at the wall was a great experience and was a first for me in a couple of ways.  It was my first time directing a crew on a live shoot and my first time doing pixelation (stop-motion with human models).  My expertise is in 2D puppet animation (shadow puppets and paper doll) and 2D computer animation (Flash, After Effects) and I have rarely had the opportunity to work with a crew.

The shoot went surprisingly smoothly.  I came in knowing what I wanted to get on film but not having a technical plan on how to execute it.  Seven members of S.E.A.T. showed up and worked it out with me, quickly coming up with a plan on how to get my vision captured.  I felt like our collective experience really came together to make it a fun learning experience.
I am also so very grateful to the members of the community that came out to lend a hand.  The five of them were so patient and good-natured during the slow and demanding process of animation.
This experience gave me much inspiration to finish the project which is a music video for Saskia Delores, the rest of which will mostly be stop-motion with painted 2D puppets. As an added benefit, it made me excited to work with teams and live shoots in the future, directions I have long wanted to explore.”
Oct 032012
 

Remember how the Seattle Experimental Animation Team has been making work on one portion of the big red construction wall on Capitol Hill? Specifically a portion of wall near the cone fountain inside Cal Anderson Park?

Well, this four-year project involving rotating animators is called Wallrus, and on Thursday, Oct 11th as part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk we are turning the wall into a screening space, and projecting the work created on the wall in the last two years. Here is the Facebook event.

Specifically you will get a chance to see Clyde Petersen‘s video for The Thermals, animated in chalk, Tess Martin‘s short film The Whale Story, animated in paint/pixellation, and works in progress from Amanda Moore, Webster Crowell (you may remember people roaming the park in rocket suits a few month ago?) and Otto Bulut (actually animating this weekend! So stop by the park to check that out also).

Since it’s art walk there will be snacks, beverages and live music!

 

Big Red Wallrus

Five murals, Five animators, Five larger than life experimental films.  Thursday October 11 2012 from 7 to 9pm at the North end of Cal Anderson park, join SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) for an outdoor peek at five films animated larger than life on the Sound Transit Construction wall.

Clyde Petersen, Amanda Moore, Tess Martin, Webster Crowell and Otto Bulut host three screens with finished videos and works-in-progress in an evening including live music, snacks and rocket juice. 

Sep 252012
 

The Local Sightings Film Festival is the best film festival in Seattle – at least according to the Seattle Weekly. And yes, it’s hosted by the NW Film Forum, and yes, I (Tess Martin) been volunteering in their office for the past two years. But still, this festival rocks, and I’m super happy that two of my recent shorts are screening in the Experimental Shorts program. It’s on Tuesday, October 2nd at 9PM.
The two shorts screening are The Whale Story, created with the help of around 20 volunteers in Cal Anderson Park, just a few blocks away from the NW Film Forum. The other film is Hula Hoop, a 1.5 minute short originally conceived as part of a collective film by the Seattle Experimental Animation Team, which also rocks. Both are great to see on the big screen – The Whale Story because the whale looks really BIG, and Hula Hoop because the sand looks really TINY.

Another pretty awesome short from a SEAT animator is Britta Johnson’s video for Laura Veirs’ song ‘King Kong Kitchie Kitchi Ki Me O‘, also playing in the Experimental Shorts program on Tuesday the 2nd.

And when you arrive at the NW Film Forum, look up! You will see an installation of animation projected onto kites! This is an iteration of Flying Cinema, an ambitious SEAT project spearheaded by Webster Crowell. And if you like animation, you must of course also attend SEAT animator Drew Christie’s program he has all to himself, The Drew Christie Show, this Saturday, Sept 29th at 9PM.

Sep 162012
 

With Webster Crowell’s Wallrus wall about to make way for the September work by Otto Bulut, Webster has been busy compiling his mural footage into a larger animation sequence.   Participants and passers-by during his mural painting took a moment to pose in front of a green screen to be added into the ultimate animation sequence; Web just released a quick preview, the compilation of all the extras who appeared during the weekend of shooting.  Look forward to hearing more about the Rocketmen in spring!

 

Jul 192012
 

Animator Webster Crowell is taking over the animator’s wall this weekend! Come help or watch! Here is the Facebook event:

“Mural animation party – I’m timelapse animating the history of Rocketmen via mural on the North end of the park this weekend. Come paint, or take a turn in uniform (stand still!) while history passes you by.

We’ll be cycling through Rocket propaganda images all weekend, creating what will become the title sequence of the upcoming Rocketmen serial adventures!”

Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 5PM at the Wallrus wall in Cal Anderson Park – this portion of the wall is near the cone fountain and the northwest corner of the park.

Jul 162012
 

Today I (Tess Martin) went to visit my whale mural to say goodbye – she will be painted over this weekend for a fellow animator’s project. It’s nice that the whole nine months she’s been up the only graffiti we’ve suffered is this super cute tag of another whale! For those of you curious about what this was about, this mural was the canvas for a film I made called The Whale Story. You can watch the film and the timelapse of the shoot here. Come by the wall this weekend for a peek at Webster Crowell’s project. The wall is located near the cone fountain in Cal Anderson Park.

Jan 022012
 

From Tess Martin: Check out these snapshots of my animation stand today – the waves are part of the credits for the film I’m working on, The Whale Story. It’s almost finished and I’ll be screening what I have at the Capitol Hill Art Walk on January 12th. More on that soon. The bulk of this film was shot with the help of SEAT in Cal Anderson Park as part of the Wallrus project.

Dec 082011
 

 

Tess Martin freeing the whale, one frame at a time

Thanks to DK Pan for taking these shots!

Work continues on the SEAT wall as animator Tess Martin shoots some close-ups scenes for her project the Whale Story.
Actor (performer/curator/free man) DK Pan took these shots in between posing for close-ups. In this scene the fisherman is cutting the line that will unravel the tangle of nets.