Mar 032013
 
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Two stills from Exquisite Corpse (2012): ‘Man with Beard’ prompt interpreted by Salise Hughes and Clyde Petersen.

Holy shamoly! We’ve received a rash of donations to our fundraising campaign in the last few hours, including those from Megan Gleason, Aileen Imperial, Kelly Froh, Naoki Mitsuse and Brandi Chase! We’re now sooo close to the half way point, at $740! That’s two projector stands and a half!

In the meantime, I thought I’d let animator Salise Hughes explain a little more about the concept of an ‘exquisite corpse’ collective film, to give you a better idea of what this Little Shop of Horrors animated film will look like:

“For those of you who don’t know, Exquisite Corpse is an invention of the early Surrealists, a parlor game created to generate randomly composed drawings with sometimes beautiful and always strange results. It’s also a form of collaboration, usually between three people, where all contributions are complete drawings in themselves, but the finished work something entirely different and unexpected. In the original game a piece of paper is folded in thirds with the bottom two sections folded under. The first artist makes a drawing on the upper portion usually with the drawing touching the bottom edge. The drawing is then turned under so only the middle section is visible, usually with a millimeter of the previous drawing showing giving the second artist the option of continuing that thread. The second artist makes their drawing and does the same, folding their drawing under so only the bottom section is now visible for the third artist. The paper is then unfolded exposing the finish drawing.

“This is the original structure of the game. The concept has been applied to other genres including film, but there’s no one way of translating the rules. I came up with a formula for film a few years ago and this is how it goes. A series of images are created that will start and end each film, and written down on slips of paper. For example one slip might say start with a barking dog, and end with a girl on a bike. Another might say start with a girl on a bike, and end with a man with a hat. There are slips for each filmmaker and they create a loop, all films will be connected front and back with an interpretation of the same image by another film. Outside of that each filmmaker can do what ever they want. The slips are drawn at random from a hat. To keep from being influenced the filmmakers are not allowed to tell the others what slip they pulled. The finished films are then matched to their corresponding images- the film that ends with the barking dog is placed next to the film that starts with the barking dog, and since that film ends with a girl on a bike the next film begins with a girl on a bike, etc…

This is how SEAT’s first exquisite corpse film was made. This year we complicated the formula by interpreting a film. We chose a film rooted in popular culture that happens to be in public domain- The 1960 version of The Little Shop of Horrors. For this project we divided the minutes of the original film by the number of filmmakers involved. Each filmmaker received the in and out points of their section by pulling slips from a hat. The rules from before apply, but in addition they must condense their section to ninety seconds, and try to convey the story without sound. This is a true experiment in exquisite corpse development and with the talented animators involved it can only be a spectacle of amazement.”

The photo at the top shows the ‘join’ between two sections in our first collective film. The image prompt for these two animators was ‘man with a beard’. The frame on the left is the final frame of Salise Hughes’ section, and the frame on the right is the first frame of Clyde Petersen’s section.

Apr 162012
 

Seven members of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team will be showing and talking about their work at this open-to-the-public (and free!) Cornish event. It is Friday, April 20th, 7PM-9PM. The event will start with some mingling as a recent SEAT collective film is screened in the background. Details here:

http://www.facebook.com/events/286425391432681/

Apr 102012
 

Come to the UW campus for HuskyFest April 19-21st! This fair will take over the main Pavilion on the UW campus (the big square near the Henry Art Gallery) and there are a crazy number of events and installations planned. The Seattle Experimental Animation Team will be set up in a portion of the grand tent screening some looped clips and the Exquisite Corpse collective film we premiered at Zeitgeist on March 1st. It’s free! Find all the info here: http://www.washington.edu/huskyfest/event/looped-animation-zone/

Mar 112012
 

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team hosted an amazing screening on March 1st at Zeitgeist Coffee to premier this group film. Originally created for the event as part of the March 2012 Seattle Art Walk, this film was animated by Otto Bulut, Tess Martin, Eric Ostrowski, Stefan Gruber, Salise Hughes, Clyde Petersen and Webster Crowell. Each animator selected a slip of a paper from a hat, designating the start and end images of their segment of the piece. From there, they had one month to animate a short film. They were then compiled and projected at Art Walk. Music has been added to this online version, though the original version is silent. Music is “The School for Scandal” by Samuel Barber. Performed by the Garfield High School Orchestra in 1997.

Feb 212012
 
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Gruber's evaporating water animation technique involves a specially treated paper that makes clear water appear as black ink until it evaporates. He combined this with cut-out animation, and kept a timelapse (viewable here) while animating. This was created for one of 7 segments which will link up together into a looped animated exquisite corpse film. The premiere will play along with many other SEAT films at Zeitgeist cafe March 1st. For more on that event visit the Re-Animated event page.

Feb 082012
 

My animation stand with sand on it

I hope to see some of you at the Capitol Hill Art Walk tonight! My studio will be open to the public from 5ish-9ish. Look for ‘Green Door Studio’ or ‘Local 1520′ on the Blitz Art Walk map (we’re in the same hallway as them). The address is 1520 11th Ave, above Purr.

I’ve been working on a sand animation, an ‘Exquisite Corpse’ piece for a big animation event on March 1st called Re-Animated. It, along with six other shorts from Seattle animators, will form a collective film that premieres that night.

Come see what it is and how it works. In the meantime, here is a still and a little video to get you salivating. And participating animators! Don’t worry, none of the images you see here are the first or last ‘prompts’ I pulled out of the hat. These will remain safely secret until the event! -Tess Martin

 

 

Jan 292012
 

Exquisite poster design by Stefan Gruber!

 

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team presents ‘Re-Animated: An Exquisite Corpse Animated Event’, part of the March Pioneer Square Art Walk. Starting from 8PM, the Zeitgeist Coffee space will be sparkling with multiple projections on windows, screens and the exclusive Flying Cinema kites, displaying clips from recent animated shorts as well as a specially created collective film: seven clips forming a continuous Exquisite Corpse loop. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:00PM – FREE
Zeitgeist Coffee
171 S. Jackson, Seattle WA 98101

ABOUT THE EVENT

Two years ago the Seattle Experimental Animation Team held a mobbed event at Zeitgeist Coffee with four projection screens featuring twelve local artists. Re-Animated ups the ante by featuring the world premiere of an endless animated loop, specifically drawn, sculpted, pixalated or otherwise animated for the night’s events by seven Seattle animators, forming an exquisite corpse film.

Seven animators (Salise Hughes, Tess Martin, Webster Crowell, Stefan Gruber, Otto Bulut, Eric Ostrowski and Clyde Petersen), pulled slips of paper out of a hat – these contained two images (‘Girl on a bike’ or ‘dog barking’, for example) that were to be the beginning and ending images of their short. The prompts had been predetermined by filmmaker Salise Hughes so that, once edited together, the seven clips would form a continuous loop.

The animators are still unaware of one anothers’ prompts, ensuring that Re-Animated will be an exciting evening for all involved. The informal setting will also host recent work by other local animators projected onto screens, windows and flying cinema kites suspended from the ceiling.

This event hopes to expand the public’s awareness of animation as a medium of personal expression by bringing it to the Pioneer Square Art Walk, an evening traditionally centered around painting and sculpture. At the same time it encourages animation lovers, who have normally only experienced the medium at sit-down screenings, to enjoy animation in a gallery-reception environment, giving them an opportunity to interact with the artists. On a simpler note it is a party atmosphere for animation lovers to meet art patrons over a beer or coffee at the close of Art walk.

ABOUT SEAT

Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) is a collective of animator/filmmakers who use a wide range of techniques to make films frame by frame. SEAT uses nearly every technique from classical hand-drawn to computer animation. SEAT’s members make films independently, but group endeavors involve bringing animation to non-film locations, and these have been some of our most exciting activities. Outside our globally touring animation program (Inter-Action), we’ve created animation installations at Susan Robb’s Long Walk (2011), Arabica Coffee (2011), Zeitgeist (2009) and we’re embarked on a commission in Cal Anderson park to animate a wall mural for Sound Transit over the course of four years. Our growing collective of award-winning animators includes Webster Crowell, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Drew Christie, Clyde Petersen and Tess Martin.

The SEAT website is www.experimentalanimation.org, and the Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/experimentalanimation.