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.

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.

Animator Tess Martin talks animation live on the radio!

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Jun 072011

I was a guest yesterday on Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair on KKNW (1150 AM). She asked me about my work, what keeps me motivated through the production of an animated film, and about the upcoming Inter-Action screening at the NW Film Forum – a great opportunity to see lots of work from SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team! Check it out here. My segment starts about a third of way through, and you can fast forward inside the little audio player.

Neverending opportunities!

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Feb 092011

Well, it’s certainly grant season, isn’t it?  Creative Capital is now open for grants applications. Creative Capital is a non-profit based in New York that gives out awards of $10,000 minimum. This year’s two disciplines are Film/Video and Visual Arts and the deadline to submit is March 1st, 2011. The next time these two disciplines will be up for application is in three years (March 2014).  This is a one-time award, you cannot win it twice. But, check it out, Creative Capital is not just a grant:

“Over the course of a funded project, Creative Capital provides each artist with a flexible program of multi-faceted, sequential support and partners with them to determine how funding and services can best work in concert to help them achieve their goals. Creative Capital’s grants include up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $37,000, a total commitment of up to $87,000 for each project.”

Pretty amazing. Anyone out there have direct experience with this grant?

Also, the NW Film Forum is offering an awesome workshop: Producer Masterclass with Jennifer Roth. Spots are selling fast, and they’re only $9! It’s on Wed, Feb 16th, 5PM-7PM.  Check out the description:

“Jennifer Roth, executive/line producer of the award winning Black Swan, will lead a two-hour master class on film production that delves deeply into the importance of preserving a director’s vision as a producer. She will discuss the positive side of having limited resources and how to tell the best possible story when making budgetary choices. Ms. Roth will also take you through the budgeting and scheduling process, discuss hiring crew, the finer points of scouting locations, and lay out why movies now have so many producers and what they all do.”

Are you Canadian or a Canadian landed immigrant? No? Me neither. But if you were, you would be able to take advantage of this opportunity:

Hothouse is a 12-week paid apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian filmmakers: “Hothouse is about re-imagining ways of making animation, ways that are faster, more flexible, and which embrace the many possibilities in the animation process while maintaining creative and technical excellence. We’re looking for six new talents who are willing and able to jump head-first into this intensive experience.” You can apply to take part by February 25th.

Another intriguing opportunity is the Annecy 2011 Youtube Competition (open to all regardless of citizenship). The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is one of the most renowned such festivals in the world, but…Youtube? Apparently last year they started a competition to celebrate an anniversary of the festival. They asked people to make a five minute or less short that would serve as a kind of trailer to the festival – shown in the cinemas, but NOT part of the official festival competition. So they’re doing it again this year, and theme is ‘Animation, Land of Freedom’:

“Participants should submit an animated short film on video of a running time of no longer than five minutes, taking into account the specific theme: “Animation, land of freedom”. This original creation must make a reference to and contain the key words “International Animation Film Festival” and “Annecy 2011”.  Annecy 2011 is particularly focusing its programme on the USA and a reference to this country can also be included in the film.
The short film is to be put online on the YouTube channel of the Annecy Festival from 7th February to midnight 1st May 2011 to the following address: www.youtube.com/annecyfestival

The winner will receive prizes including a Cristal trophy, a diploma and a week at the Annecy Festival from 6th to 11th June 2011 where the film will be screened.”

After scrutinizing the regulations, YES, they will pay for your flight. A little hockey, but it might be a great way to get to the festival for free! Go to the Annecy website where you can download the pdf regulations and press release. Below is the Annecy/Youtube video explaining the competition – anyone else think the narrator sounds like she wishes she was doing anything else?

And finally, are you British or a UK resident? If so, you may find this opportunity intriguing: Guiding Lights is a program that pairs emerging filmmakers with accomplished professionals for 9 months of one-to-one mentor support. Previous mentors include Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes, Kenneth Branagh, Alison Owen, Stephen Frears and Nick Hornby. The deadline to apply is March 11th, 2011.

Joe Chang comes to the NWFF

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Jan 282011

Joe Chang is a Chinese/Canadian animator – he’ll be in town tomorrow giving a Masterclass workshop at the NWFF, and then attending a screening of shorts he curated at 3PM as part of the Children’s Film Festival called Joe Chang and Friends – contemporary animation from China and three of his own pieces. The screening takes place again on Feb 5th at 5PM (but without Joe Chang in attendance).

Here is the blurb about the workshop tomorrow – I’ll be there, will you?

Visiting Filmmaker!

Animation Masterclass with Joe Chang
Saturday, Jan 29, 12–3pm
Instructor: Joe Chang
Tuition: $50/WigglyWorld members, $65/general
Max Attendance: 12
For all animators and filmmakers interested in animation! Spend an afternoon with renowned Chinese animator Joe Chang. In this small group workshop, he will discuss some of his animation techniques and offer a few demonstrations. Plan to bring clips of your work to show and get personal advice from one the medium’s most accomplished artists.

Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China and Tama Art University in Japan. Joe emigrated from China to Canada in 1990. The animated short “Chinese Violin” was his first film with the National Film Board of Canada. His most recent animated film is “A Long-distance Call” He is currently working at The School of Art, Zhejiang University of Technology as a Dean and professor of Animation department.