Mar 072014

Come down to Gallery 4Culture to experience SEAT & SPIN, the latest in group work from the Seattle Experimental Animation Team. Three giant zoetropes built by Webster Crowell fill the room with mystery and shadows. Inside, you will find 12 short films by local animators.

The show is up through March 2014. Pack a lunch, bring your kids. It’s all-ages and you can touch all the art. Enjoy!

Gallery 4Culture
101 Prefontaine Pl S   
Seattle, WA 98104
M – F  8:30-5:00

Feb 092014

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team will be opening a show at the Gallery4Culture on Thursday, March 6, 2014, and it will then be open the rest of the month. SEAT & Spin will feature Zoetropes, early cameraless animation toys, with loops designed by SEAT animators.
The opening will coincide with Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk, so come on by and check it out!
And here is the awesome flier designed by animator Stefan Gruber.

S&S_Lores poster


Jan 202014


Tess Martin will be visiting Seattle in February (having relocated to The Netherlands last August for studies) and she will present a new work in progress alongside SEAT founder Stefan Gruber, who will be presenting some scenes from Both Worlds II. They will be asking for feedback from the audience.

Come on by! It’s free! NW Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Tues, Feb 11th, 6PM.
Here is the Facebook event.

Dec 242013

The Strange Creatures program, which features 10 animated short films from members of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team, was listed on the Seattle Weekly’s Best of 2013:

“Loosely concerning the interaction between humans and animals, Strange Creatures offered a charming collection of local independent animation from S.E.A.T. (the Seattle Experimental Animation Team) at Northwest Film Forum in August. Watching hilarious shorts about beer-guzzling and weed-smoking (drawn frame by frame by Clyde Petersen), Tess Martin’s marker-on-glass animation about cats, and Drew Christie’s tradigitally animated philosophical dialogues between humans and whales made me swell with pride about the state of Seattle animation.”

Thanks Kelton Sears! What a nice holiday gift!

Dec 092013


Catch six films by SEAT animators at this year’s Children’s Film Festival at the NW Film Forum, Jan 23-Feb 2, 2014.

The Whale Story by Tess Martin

The Whale Story by Tess Martin

The ‘Paint Me A Story‘ program on Jan 25, 31 and Feb 1 will feature Stefan Gruber‘s excellent Edible Rocks and Tess Martin‘s The Whale Story (as well as the mind blowing Noodle Fish by Kim Jin Man from South Korea. All three of these I know can definitely be enjoyed by adults as well as children, more reason to attend!)

The ‘Earthwise‘ program on Jan 25 and Feb 2 will feature Drew Christie‘s excellent Song of the Spindle as well as Tess Martin‘s A Walk in the Woods.

Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber

Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber

The ‘Take Wing‘ program on Jan 26 and Feb 2 will feature Tess Martin‘s Snowball, previously seen in Seattle at the Short Run Small Press Fest.

The ‘Talk to the Animals‘ program on Jan 31 and Feb 1 will feature Tess Martin‘s sand animation Hula Hoop (alongside the excellent Hungarian short Rabbit and Deer by Peter Vacz which comes highly recommended).


Song of the Spindle by Drew Christie

Song of the Spindle by Drew Christie

Also make sure to catch the special Lotte Reiniger animated silhouette films playing with a live score on opening night!

Sep 212013


Audrey 2: The Little Shop of Horrors Install at NWFF for Local Sightings

Audrey 2: The Little Shop of Horrors Install at NWFF for Local Sightings



The Seattle Experimental Animation Team presents Bloodbath & Beyond: The Little Shop of Animated Horrors. This SEAT collective film, based on the 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors retells the classic tale of a plant that came from outer space and got a taste for blood.

For this collective film, SEAT split the original film into sections and approached the project in the classic style of the game “exquisite corpse.” Each animator took a 9 minute segment of the film and condensed it into 1 or 2 minutes of animation.

This film will be screening in an installation, in the lobby of the Film Forum, during opening night of Local Sightings. Do you dare to stick your head inside the Audrey 2 and enjoy the sights!?

Find out more about Local Sightings!

Aug 042013

Thank you to everyone who came to yesterday’s screening of Strange Creatures: Contemporary Independent Animation from Seattle. There were a lot of people, laughter and warm fuzzy feelings. Thank you for supporting your local indie animation community! If you have an idea of where the program could screen next, get in touch! Email tess [@]

Britta Johnson and Tess Martin answering questions. Photo by Michael Wallenfels

Britta Johnson and Tess Martin answering questions. Photo by Michael Wallenfels

Aug 032013

Seattle Weekly preview article

Kelton Sears from the Seattle Weekly wrote up a nice piece about the Strange Creatures screening today (4PM, NWFF), where he talks a little about the history of SEAT as a group and Seattle’s animation scene compared to other cities':

“SEAT is one of the main reasons those animators have found such a cohesive community in Seattle. In 2002, animator Stefan Gruber, who teaches animation at The Nova Project, assembled animators in the city to create SEAT, which started out as a sort of workshop that would meet in cafes. For animators who spend most their time locked away making characters bop around frame by frame, SEAT was a chance to meet up and talk shop.”

Thanks Kelton!
And we hope to see you this afternoon at 4PM at the NW Film Forum!