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.

Jan 092012
 

Thursday, January 12th. Performance begins at 7pm sharp.
Henry Art Gallery presents : Your Heart Breaks and Tender Forever

Films and Music, interactive event.

Clyde Petersen is a local animator and musician. The longest lasting member of Seattle based band Your Heart Breaks, Clyde uses a loop station to create lush songs about travel, adoration, and outer space. In addition, he is a transgender artist and teacher, creating music videos and short animated films for his company, Do it for the Girls Productions. Your Heart Breaks is queercore & hot makeout parties. The place where unicorn and pegasus combine into one. Corndogs [2 for 99 cents]. Pinata parties. Dancing up front at all-ages shows. Sharing the mic. Monkeys, the squirrels of south america. Squirrels, the monkeys of north america. A severe case of ocean waves.

Tender Forever is an “Alien With Extraordinary Abilities” who will entertain you, make you experience feelings about yourself and others, sing to you out loud what you softly think and everlastingly stamp your memory with unforgettable joyful and epic souvenirs. In this new performance, Tender Forever takes us on a musical multimedia journey to explore her own perspectives on the concepts of origin and world citizenship, survival and the abundance of our computerized world through her unique whimsical lens.

Aug 022011
 

Barn in the Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation, WA

On Saturday July 30th, 2011, Webster Crowell, Britta Johnson, Clyde Petersen, Salise Hughes and Tess Martin trekked out to the Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation, WA at 9AM and decked out the inside of a barn with paper kites. At 2PM fifty Long Walk participants arrived at the barn and showed us their blisters. As the sun set it was revealed that four of the kites were actually being projected with short animations, three of which (those of Britta Johnson, Salise Hughes and Tess Martin) had actually been photographed on the walking trail the day before.  Two other shorts also included on the kites were those of Clyde Petersen and Stefan Gruber. Stay tuned for more beautiful photos of the installation at night as well as a video of all the films.

This is the second kite installation (the first was up for the month of June at Arabica Lounge in Seattle) and just a precursor to Flying Cinema, an event that will happen at the last minute on a windy night and involve flying kites and projections in a park near you. Spearheaded by Webster Crowell, this is a SEAT event you won’t want to miss. Make sure to follow the SEAT blog or Facebook page to get an alert.

Webster Crowell using a slingshot to loop a long piece of string around a far rafter

Webster Crowell and Britta Johnson installing one of the four special kites - outfitted with projectors

Web adjusting said kite. Here you can see the tiny projector

Hoping no park rangers come by...

Jul 142011
 

Only 4 days until the first screening in NYC of Inter-Action: Shorts by SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team.
The first is at 92YTribeca, Mon July 18th, 8PM (tickets online, $12). The second is at the Anthology Film Archives (part of the NewFilmmakers series), Wed, July 20th, 6PM (tickets at the door, $6).

I will be there for both screenings and there will even be a merch table selling drawings and small clay figures by Bruce Bickford, as well as DVDs of my short film Plain Face and some t-shirts by Stefan Gruber!

Jun 142011
 

Inter-Action is in two days! This Thursday, June 16th, 8PM, NW Film Forum (1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA). Buy tickets here, or RSVP to our Facebook event.

This is the official line up for Seattle’s screening. Includes live narration and music by Stefan Gruber!

 

Inter-Action

Animator Tess Martin presents a collection of short animations that explore inter-actions – action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Made individually by twelve members of SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) these thought-provoking films reflect on love, insanity, faith and murder.

 

1. Britta Johnson, Two Dots, 4:39 (2009)
Marbles illustrate the subtle math of a relationship in this video made for Lusine’s song ‘Two Dots.’ Marbles, dental floss and wax animated frame by frame.

2. Drew Christie, The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln, 5:15 (2010)
TMWSTMWSL
is an animated interpretation of the strange and bizarre life of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth.  Animated on the pages of 12 books with charcoal, pastel and crayon. Contains one instance of nudity and violence not suitable for a young audience.

3. Aaron Wendel, Dwellings, 3:53 (2010)
Over time, two houses slowly destroy each other.
Hand drawn on paper.

4. Tess Martin, Plain Face, 10:42 (2011)
In a fantastical land, a stranger arrives and is the subject of prejudice, violence and love. We follow her journey through memory as she decides whether to give up her heart. Paper and plastic cut-outs animated on a light-box.
Contains one scary moment that may not be suitable for a young audience.

5. Amanda Moore, Bridging Wounds, 5:00 (2009)
A whimsical exploration of the lives of strangers told through silhouette puppet animation.

6. Davis Limbach, Loopforms, 5:03 (2010)
Loopforms
is a dance of energy or spirit expressed in ‘maximized loops’. A traditional narrative is omitted in favor of a sensual, emotionally affecting experience. Ink and pencil on paper.

7. Sarah Jane Lapp, Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist, 6:30 (from 26min film, 2009)
A eulogist in training interviews his mentor on the eve of war.
India ink, wax and gouache on paper.

MINI INTERNISSION- 5 mins

8. Stefan Gruber, Both Worlds, 10:17 (2011)
In an Eden like garden, cartoon
deities sit upon mountaintops ready to trade gardening tips about their mountainside utopias. Hand-animated in Flash.

9. Clyde Petersen, The Dirty Street, 4:44, (2010)
A found footage film, recut, projected and rephotographed using the “Hipstamatic” app for IPhone one frame at a time. Music by Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death. Footage: “Jealousy” – a Prelinger Archives film from the Series, Marriage for Moderns. (1954)

10. Webster Crowell, Parasol, 8:30 (2008)
Parasol is a short, quick revenge film about bicycles, dancing and speed; animated with pastels across the surface of a few thousand paper parasols.

11. Salise Hughes, Somewhere, 4:00 (2010)
Somewhere between a 1950s sock hop and the Wild West, a Technicolor and Black and White pair of lovers meet to belt out a tune from “West Side Story.” Found footage manipulated frame by frame.

12. Bruce Bickford, The Comic That Frenches Your Mind, 5:28 (2008)
Bruce Bickford’s latest complete pencil animation is a trip – this is your mind on eggs.
Contains nudity and drug use.

May 312011
 

Inter-Action: A Collection of Shorts by SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team.

This program is premiering at the NW Film Forum in Seattle, WA on June 16th, 8:00PM, but it is also screening at 92YTribeca in New York City on July 18th at 8:00PM. Please spread the word to your New York friends! Buy tickets here. This program includes a recent short by cult animator Bruce Bickford, and the Seattle screening will include live narration and music for Stefan Gruber’s new short Both Worlds!

Inter-Action: A collection of shorts by SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team

Animator Tess Martin presents a collection of short animations that explore inter-actions – action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Made individually by twelve members of SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) these thought-provoking films reflect on love, insanity, faith and murder. Includes films by: BRITTA JOHNSON, DREW CHRISTIE, AARON WENDEL, TESS MARTIN, AMANDA MOORE, DAVIS LIMBACH, SARAH JANE LAPP, CLYDE PETERSEN, WEBSTER CROWELL, STEFAN GRUBER, SALISE HUGHES and BRUCE BICKFORD.

Feb 112011
 

Several Animators in SEAT will have films screened at the Walker Art Center in March 5th, 2011.  It’s a stop-motion animation extravaganza curated by Childish Films. Screenings at 11 am and 1 pm..

If you live in the Minniapolis-St.Paul area and love animation, check this out. Admission is free!

Film: Stop-Motion Shorts!
11 am and 1 pm
Cinema
48 minute program, all ages
These films are sure to delight kids and grown-ups alike. Catch a selection of new international and independent stop-motion animation short films.

It Wasn’t a Wolf, Directed by Camera Etc., 2010
In this re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood, kids take turns to recast the Big Bad Wolf as an elephant, pig, hamster, or piranha!

Waterway, Directed by Britta Johnson, 2009
In this short, droplets of water playfully wind their way through a dynamic environment of rocks, roots, and microscopic creatures.

The Egg Race, Directed by Kaisa Penttilä, 2009
A pair of pigeons looks out for their newly laid egg as it careens through a crash-course culture race.

Already Gone, Directed by Clyde Peterson, 2009
Enter a miniature world in which common objects come to life with whimsy and music.

I’m Hungry, Directed by Camera Etc., 2008
An Arctic story told by French school children about a boy named Ikouk who eats everything he sees.

The Flying Lesson, Directed by Phil Harder, Rosane Chamecki, and Andrea Lerner, 2008
Let your imagination take flight was you watch winged dancers soar around Brooklyn.

Parasol, Directed by Web Crowell, 2008
Thousands of paper parasols become the backdrop for a bicycling dancing adventure.

Price 2.70 Florints, Directed by Ballai Tóth Roland, 2009
Wire and tin scraps assemble themselves into a puppet-like character and venture out into the world.

Supper, Directed by Britta Johnson, 2007
A glowworm’s kisses turn tin can snails into soup with music composed by Mirah and Spectratone International.

Not Like Any Other Feeling, Directed by Clyde Peterson, 2010
A 1960‘s space station launch is re-created in chalk on a huge public art wall by a team of experimental animators in this music video for The Thermals.

Sep 252010
 

I’m up in Bellingham today to meet up with the Thermals as they embark on their tour of North America. Hopefully, we will be able to meet up for a few hours between the end of soundcheck, and their set to shoot some footage for the Wallrus animation project, a music video I am making for their song, Not Like Any Other Feeling.  More info at http://www.notlikeanyotherfeeling.com.

Sep 132010
 

The WALLRUS project is underway on a wall in Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill. Come back here or visit Clyde Petersen’s personal website for updates on the next shoot in the park.  Below is the press release for the kick-off that happened Sept 9th 2010.

Wallrus, an animated wall project lasting four years and involving 8 animators, kicks off at 6PM on Thursday , September 9th, 2010 in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park. Local artist/musician Clyde Petersen will create a large scale animation destined for a music video. Check out the cool logo on the left and postcard at the bottom designed by Amanda Moore!

ABOUT WALLRUS:
SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) in conjunction with Sound Transit, and with support from the NW Film Forum and Art Work Fine Art Services presents:   Wallrus – The slow moving, ungainly giant movie, an eight part collaborative mural/animation created over four years on the surface of a construction barrier in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park. Seven animators and one school group collaborating over time will take over part of the huge plywood wall around the Capitol Hill Light Rail construction – specifically a section by ’the Philosopher’s Tree’ near the 10th Ave and Denny park entrance.  Beginning Thursday September 9th this wall will become an animated mural, with a new animator arriving
every six months to transform the wall entirely , culminating in evening screenings of ‘wall’ animation and selected films curated by the artist of the season.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Initial artist Clyde Petersen begins his animation at 6PM during the Capitol Hill art walk on September 9th, 2010. The spectacle is free and open to the public.  He will be working on a music video for Portland based band, The Thermals. The project will  celebrate the wonders of travel in outer space.

ABOUT THE ANIMATORS:

Clyde Petersen runs the Seattle-based production company Do It For the Girls Productions.  He divides time between producing live action and animated music videos, touring with  and managing local bands, and teaching youth film making camps. His most recent feature  film, The Unspeakable, premiered in July 2010.

Forthcoming animators include:

Webster Crowell

Britta Johnson

Sarah Jane Lapp

Tess Martin

Amanda Moore

and Coyote central.

All named animators are part of SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team), a loose  coalition of animator/filmmakers based in Seattle whose mission is to be a nurturing force  for the creation and dissemination of experimental animation.

ABOUT WALLRUS:SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) in conjunction with Sound Transit, and with support from the NW Film Forum and Art Work Fine Art Services presents:   Wallrus – The slow moving, ungainly giant movie, an eight part collaborative mural/animation created over four years on the surface of a construction barrier in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park. Seven animators and one school group collaborating over time will take over part of the huge plywood wall around the Capitol Hill Light Rail construction – specifically a section by ’the Philosopher’s Tree’ near the 10th Ave and Denny park entrance.  Beginning Thursday September 9th this wall will become an animated mural, with a new animator arrivingevery six months to transform the wall entirely , culminating in evening screenings of ‘wall’ animation and selected films curated by the artist of the season.ABOUT THE EVENT:Initial artist Clyde Petersen begins his animation at 6PM during the Capitol Hill art walk on September 9th, 2010. The spectacle is free and open to the public.  He will be working on a music video for Portland based band, The Thermals. The project will  celebrate the wonders of travel in outer space.