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.”