Aug 082012

Thank you to everyone who came out to the reception and lecture last Friday, celebrating the opening of the first Seattle Experimental Animation Team gallery show, Stop-Framing Me. Here are a few photos of the show to get your juices flowing, but they really don’t do justice to the exhibit, so you should come see it in person! The Steele gallery is on the third floor of the Gage Academy (1501 10th Avenue E) and is open Monday to Friday 10AM to 6PM.

Book by Drew Christie, used in the animated short ‘The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln’

Cut-outs by Tess Martin, used in the animated short ‘Plain Face’

Projection showing Webster Crowell’s animated short ‘Parasol’, and one of Webster’s kite installations, showing an excerpt of Davis Limbach’s animated short ‘Loopforms’

Three parasols by Webster Crowell, used in the making of the animated short ‘Parasol’


Jul 272012

Check out this nice little trailer for the SEAT gallery show at the Gage Academy, Stop-Framing Me:

All these films will be screened as well as artifacts used in the making of the films, as well as, of course, animation on kites! Also remember the opening reception is on August 3rd at 6pm, and the lecture starts that same evening at 7pm!

SEAT Gallery show at Gage Academy: Stop-Framing Me

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Jul 192012

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team is happy to announce their first collective gallery show at the Gage Academy, opening August 3rd, 2012 and up until September 1st (the Steele Gallery is open daily 10AM-6PM). That evening there will also be an artist lecture with co-curators by Tess Martin and Webster Crowell. Deatils above – don’t miss it!

Fly with Web!

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Jul 192012

Animator Webster Crowell is taking over the animator’s wall this weekend! Come help or watch! Here is the Facebook event:

“Mural animation party – I’m timelapse animating the history of Rocketmen via mural on the North end of the park this weekend. Come paint, or take a turn in uniform (stand still!) while history passes you by.

We’ll be cycling through Rocket propaganda images all weekend, creating what will become the title sequence of the upcoming Rocketmen serial adventures!”

Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 5PM at the Wallrus wall in Cal Anderson Park – this portion of the wall is near the cone fountain and the northwest corner of the park.

Goodbye Whale!

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Jul 162012

Today I (Tess Martin) went to visit my whale mural to say goodbye – she will be painted over this weekend for a fellow animator’s project. It’s nice that the whole nine months she’s been up the only graffiti we’ve suffered is this super cute tag of another whale! For those of you curious about what this was about, this mural was the canvas for a film I made called The Whale Story. You can watch the film and the timelapse of the shoot here. Come by the wall this weekend for a peek at Webster Crowell’s project. The wall is located near the cone fountain in Cal Anderson Park.

Rare animated shorts from the Film Forum vault

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Jun 292012

Did you know that the NW Film Forum has a vault full of film reels at the back of their building, past the kitchen and under a staircase? Did you know that this vault contains some animated gems that probably have not seen the light of a projector in years if not decades? Well, they are screening some of them in a special one-off program curated by their special guest archivist!

The program is called Search and Rescue and includes four animated shorts outlines below (incldues one by John Hubley with possibly the voice of Meryl Streep!). The rest of the program also looks pretty cool. Oh, and did I mention that all proceeds from this screening go towards supporting the continued work of their archivist? Pretty cool. The screening is July 5th at 7:00PM.

Here are the four animated films:

Why do you smile, Mona Lisa?

“Why do you smile, Mona Lisa?” (1967, 13 mins) – An amusing re-imagining regarding what took place the day Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Who would’ve known cats were so integral to Da Vinci’s process. Grand Prize winner for animation at the Bergamo Festival 1966.

“Fire!” (1975, 9 mins) – The acrylic paint technique used in animating this tale of a forest before and after a devastating fire is the primary captivator in this film.


Automania 2000

“Automania 2000” (1961, 10 mins) – A cartoon set on the stage of a future wherein people live in their cars and have provisions conveniently brought to them via floating pods in the sky.  A sneaky spot of commentary on the state of consumerism, that isn’t far off the mark (except for the cars that give birth. Which is a shame really.)




Everybody Rides the Carousel

“Everybody rides the carousel” (1975, 21 mins) – Part two of a feature length animation based upon the psychological development of personality. Submerge yourself in the hallucinatory and chilling depiction of the human psyche.  This one is directed by John Hubley! And may include the voice of Meryl Streep – she did some of the voices, but it’s hard for me to tell if her section is included in this installment.



The live-action shorts include and early Roman Polanski short, a scary sounding children’s fable, and a mini documentary about energy from 1974.



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:

Inter-Action coming to Portland, May 17th!

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Mar 262012

The Inter-Action program of animated shorts from the Seattle Experimental Animation Team is playing on Thursday, May 17th at the NW Film Center in Portland, OR. Here is the listing on the NW Film Center site. This 75 minute program is comprised of twelve original shorts, including Tess Martin‘s Plain Face, Drew Christie‘s The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln and Bruce Bickford‘s The Comic that Frenches Your Mind. Animator Stefan Gruber will be performing a live narration for his short Both Worlds, accompanied by Portland musician Magic Caves. Click here for the full line-up, including information about whether the shorts are children-appropriate. And this is the Facebook event if you want to invite your Portland friends!

Tess Martin and at least 3 or 4 of the other animators will be coming down to Portland for the show.

Mark your calendars and invite your Portland friends!

Thurs, May 17th, 2012, 7:00PM
NW Film Center, Whitsell Auditorium, at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park Avenue
Tickets $10 online or $9 at the door.