Special Presentation of Outdoor Animation

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Dec 132011







Britta Johnson is back from her excursions into the regional landscape with a series of animations. Experiments in scale, gesture, substance, and time, these looping videos will be shown one at a time over 3 days at the Northwest Film Forum.

December 14: Finding Nothing To Do, Doing Something #1
December 15: Holding Pattern #2
December 16: Snow Angels

The pieces will play from 10 am to 6 pm in Cinema 2.

This work was made with a CityArtist award from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, as well as support from Artist Trust, Centrum, and the Northwest Film Forum.

The Long Walk kite installation

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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...

NYC countdown – Seattle animations invade!

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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!

Inter-Action: Shorts by SEAT!

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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!



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)
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)
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.


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.

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
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.