Mar 012013

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SEAT is at it again! We’re creating a second collective film, this time based on the 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors! What will it look like? Find out on April 4th at the premiere of the film at Zeitgeist Coffee at 8PM, as part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk.

AND, it will hopefully reach Portland as well on May 20th, as part of both the NW Animation Festival and the Experimental Film Festival.

BUT, in order to do all this we need some funds for projectors and projector stands. We’ve created an Indiegogo campaign that just launched a few minutes ago and will close on March 14th. You can see the campaign here. Please, consider donating! Contact Tess Martin (tess [@] for a full press release and flier. Also, check out our humorous fundraising video here:

Blood Bath & Beyond – Fundraising video from SEAT on Vimeo.

SEAT Artist Talk at Cornish

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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:

SEAT at HuskyFest ’12!

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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:

Exquisite Corpse: 2012 Re-Animated

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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.

✤Evaporation technique demo✤

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Feb 212012

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.

Studio Art Walk tonight & Exquisite Corpse work-in-progress

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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



Announcing Re-Animated: An Exquisite Corpse Animated Event

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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


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.


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, and the Facebook page is