Shot in the dark: hand-crafted animated shorts from around the world

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Jul 132016

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Come celebrate the re-launch of the Haptic Animation Amplifier website by watching a selection of animated short films from around the world. Curator Tess Martin is visiting from the Netherlands and bringing with her a charming program of animated shorts seen at film festivals, or discovered during her monthly animation discussion event she runs in Rotterdam called Manifest: Animation Show & Tell.

On August 8, 7PM, at the Grand Illusion Cinema, she will present the work of her non-profit Haptic Animation Amplifier, show off its revamped website (which now includes profiles on PNW animators, a timeline of animation in our region, and other useful info), and she will introduce you to inspiring independent animated shorts from Poland, Italy, France, Canada, Hungary and more. These films are innovative either in their technique, storytelling approach, or artistic point of view. They are sure to generate discussion and inspiration for the animator and animation fan alike.
This event is FREE to attend and was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.

Website announcement, Facebook event.

Rendezvous in a bar after the event!


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Oct 272015


Comics and animation go together like peanut butter & jelly, am I right or am I right. Which is why SEAT has always had an animation tent at the SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival. We are going to have a mixture of animations from SEAT members, SHORT RUN exhibitors and an excerpt from Bruce Bickford’s Cas’l, plus Jim Woodring’s 3D slides, about 80 minutes of visual delights! We also have a late additional to the program, a collection of visual poetries called WRIT LARGE curated by FICTILIS, that runs about 30 minutes. Did I mention the festival is free!


11 AM : SEAT Members’ Shorts

NOON : Exhibitors’ Shorts

12:30 : WRIT LARGE

1:00 : Bruce Bickford’s CAS’L’ (6 min. excerpt)

1:30 : Jim Woodring’s 3D Slides

2:00 : SEAT Members’ Shorts

3:00 : Exhibitors’ Shorts


4:00 : Bruce Bickford’s CAS’L’ (6 min. excerpt)

4:30 : Jim Woodring’s 3D Slides

5:00 : SEAT Members’ Shorts

5:30 : Coldbrew Collective’s Horror Film Video-Mix

We will see you there.

Check out Boundary Crossings in Portland – August 7th

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Jul 312015

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Boundary Crossings is a two-week intensive animation course that happens every summer at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. It’s aimed at working professionals and graduate and under-graduate students interested in a hands-on exploration of animated installation as a medium and a site for investigation of moving image interdisciplinary practice.

This year’s closing exhibition will be on August 7th, one night only!

Identity and Space: No Road Map

PNCA Mediatheque  511 NW Broadway
Friday August 7, 2015  6:30pm

“Space and time are at the heart of animation. With the proliferation of digital technologies animation expands from the notion of 2-D screen and increasingly impacts public spaces and events – malls, bars, galleries, architecture and live performance.  Space can be, as this workshop proposes, a starting point, inspiring a reflection on issues of private and public from the sphere of the personal ideas of place and community.

Boundary Crossings 2015 concludes on Friday August 7th with a showcase of animated installations created over the two week institute.”

Upcoming animation at the NW Film Forum!

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Mar 112015

The NW Film Forum on Capitol Hill has always had interesting programming, but more so recently with all the animation stuff they’ve been bringing in! Here are some cool looking things you might want to check out:

First and foremost is the grandmaster of indie animation himself, Bill Plympton will be visiting and giving a workshop on April 15th called Being An Indie Artist. He will also be screening his newest independently produced feature film Cheatin’ April 15-21. Not to be missed!

Cheatin’ Trailer from Bill Plympton on Vimeo.

The cinema is also showing The King and the Mocking Bird, a recently re-released French animated feature from 1979. This film has a crazy history akin to Roger Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler, what with it being started originally in 1947, but not finished for three more decades. This is screening March 19-23. That’s next week!

Kelly Sears is a Denver, CO based filmmaker who specializes in collage animation and plays with documentary, recycled cinema and critical fiction. She is giving a workshop on April 19th called Get Up and Stop Down, where participants will help make animated segments that will eventually be combined with the clips made by the workshop in Portland that Kelly is leading on this same trip, resulting in a collaborative film. Sounds cool! A retrospective of her work is also screening that day at 4:30PM.

Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise from Rooftop Films on Vimeo.

Also at the Film Forum that might be of interest is the ByDesign program April 10-14, which always has cool films that explore the intersection of design and moving image. Filmmaker Roger Beebe is visiting and giving a Distressed Film Workshop on March 29th which sounds awesome, as well as screening a selection of his Multi-Projector Experiments (on 16MM) on March 28th that sound pretty unique.  If you want more 16MM, there is actually a program called Sweet 16 (Millimeter) on April 18th where they are screening rare 16mm films by Seattle filmmakers including our very own Webster Crowell.

And finally the Henry Art Gallery is throwing a party called the Arty Party on April 19th that will include a screening of the Best of the Fest of the Children’s Film Festival, which ran at the NW Film Forum in January. This selection includes a number of cool international shorts for kids from Germany, France, Russia, Norway, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Japan!

A very cool selection, and that’s only for March and April!

Feb 162015

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team has been working really hard that last few days on our new gallery show at the Archer Gallery in Clark College in Vancouver, WA, outside Portland, OR. The show is called Sequestered Together: The Dangerous and Lonely World of Animation and the opening is tomorrow, February 17th!

The show is an elaborate collection of short films, music videos, giant spinnable zoetropes and making-of detritus (still frames from drawn animations, puppets, sketches, etc.) from Seattle animators. Represented animators are: Clyde Petersen, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Webster Crowell, Neely Goniodsky, Ian Obermuller, Devin Ensz, Komari Ichimasu, Joe Garber, Salise Hughes, Sarah Jane Lapp, Chris Looney and Tess Martin.

The opening is Tuesday, February 17th, 5PM-8PM and at 5:30PM a guided walk by some of the animators will take place. The show is up until March 14th! Here is the Facebook event. What a great opportunity for the Portland area animators to mingle with the Seattle animators!

And check out this post from the Phoenix, the Clark College Literary & Art Journal, about the show.


Britta Johnson in the back room…

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Feb 052015

SEAT animator Britta Johnson has work up in “In the Absence Of…,’ a group show at Greg Kucera gallery in Seattle. The show goes through February 14th; this Saturday there’s a performance/art talk which will include music by Nat Evans and John Teske and discussion with other artists (including Britta) in the show. More info below:



SEAT collective film screens in San Francisco on Friday!

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Jan 242015
Two stills from Exquisite Corpse (2012): ‘Man with Beard’ prompt interpreted by Salise Hughes and Clyde Petersen.

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

Back in 2012 SEAT made its first collective film, a ‘Re-Animated’ Exquisite Corpse experiment which premiered at Zeitgeist Coffee at a Pioneer Square Art Walk event. This eight minute film was animated by Otto Bulut, Tess Martin, Eric Ostrowski, Stefan Gruber, Salise Hughes, Clyde Petersen and Webster Crowell. We’re so excited that it will screen in San Francisco at the Artists’ Television Access on Friday, January 31st. It will precede another Exquisite Corpse film led by experimental filmmaker Salise Hughes, who enlisted the talents of 12 other filmmakers from across the country. This one is called EXquisite Corpse Cinema: EX#3. Congratulations, Salise!

You can see the full 8 minute SEAT Re-Animation Exquisite Corpse on vimeo.


Short Run 2014

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Nov 132014

SEAT will be at Short Run this Saturday, November 15th!

Short Run 2014!

Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122



The breathtaking Washington Hall will be filled with a book fair highlighting nearly 200 writers and artists. The first 50 attendees through the door at 11:00 AM will receive a FREE swag bag valued at $40, so don’t be late! Look for the SEAT Castle Fort where you can chill out and watch animations all day long, when you need a break from looking at amazing zines, comics and books! 

SEAT work screening at SIGGRAPH

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Aug 102014

siggraphThe Seattle Experimental Animation Team was invited to show work at the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, or, more precisely, the 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Our work will be screening in the Daytime Selects – Experimental Film program,  alongside a selection of films from the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, and the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. The Daytime Selects program is part of SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival.

This program will screen in the morning on August 11th and includes work from Tess Martin, Devin Ensz, Bob and Bob Productions, Stewart McCullough and Clyde Petersen.


SEAT Zoetrope at Capitol Hill Art Walk

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Aug 092014
One of the SEAT Zoetropes at the 4Culture Gallery in March 2014.

One of the SEAT Zoetropes at the 4Culture Gallery in March 2014.

If you missed the opportunity to spin one of SEAT‘s home made zoetropes during our 4Culture Gallery show this past March, or if you just want to do it again, you’re in luck! Stop by the NW Film Forum during August’s Capitol Hill Art Walk on Thursday, August 14th and you will find one in the lobby.

The zoetrope will definitely be there between 6 and 8PM, and maybe even a bit later into the night. If you need more convincing to stop by, check out this documentation video from the March show where people gleefully spin them.