SEAT & SPIN at Gallery 4Culture

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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

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.

Rhinoceros animation features in Long story Short

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May 072012

Working shot animating The Rhinocros

Animator Webster Crowell contributes a very short version of Ionesco’s play The Rhinoceros to an otherwise live theater lineup this week at Long story Short.  Animated with clay and silhouettes, the surreal story concerns a French town plagued by Rhinos and was condensed to a three minute conversation between friends and hastily animated over the course of two weeks.

Big Story Small performs three nights only: May 10, 11, and 12 at 8pm.  Tickets: $10 – $15

Eight classics will be performed in a single evening, each with a new treatment by a local writer. The collection is staged with the assistance of puppets and black light, a dancer and a musician, a tiny orchard, animation, and more.

This installment of Big Story Small includes:

Medea, originally by Euripides, adapted by Gavin Cummins
The Cherry Orchard, originally by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Brendan Healy
Playboy of the Western World, originally by J.M. Synge, adapted by Scott Herman
State of Siege, originally by Albert Camus, adapted by Pony World Theatre
St. Joan, originally by George Bernard Shaw, adapted by Kelleen Conway Blanchard
Rhinoceros, originally by Eugene Ionesco, adapted by Webster Crowell
Waiting for Godot, originally by Samuel Beckett, adapted by Shawn Belyea

Exquisite Corpse: 2012 Re-Animated

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Mar 112012

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team hosted an amazing screening on March 1st at Zeitgeist Coffee to premier this group film. Originally created for the event as part of the March 2012 Seattle Art Walk, this film was animated by Otto Bulut, Tess Martin, Eric Ostrowski, Stefan Gruber, Salise Hughes, Clyde Petersen and Webster Crowell. Each animator selected a slip of a paper from a hat, designating the start and end images of their segment of the piece. From there, they had one month to animate a short film. They were then compiled and projected at Art Walk. Music has been added to this online version, though the original version is silent. Music is “The School for Scandal” by Samuel Barber. Performed by the Garfield High School Orchestra in 1997.

More Long Walk kite installation photos

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Aug 052011

More photos of the animation and kite installation during the Long Walk. Most are by Clyde Petersen.
Coming soon – a video of the films projected onto the kites!

Webster Crowell’s kite design incorporates a mini projector

Starting to get dark
Clyde Petersen’s film in the left-hand kite
Wonderful choir
Tess Martin’s film
Salise Hughes’ film
Britta Johnson’s film
Stefan Gruber’s film

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...

SEAT joins the Long Walk

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Jul 242011

Four SEAT animators (Webster Crowell, Britta Johnson, Salise Hughes and Tess Martin) will be creating animations along the Burke-Gilman Trail during the ‘Long Walk’ art event (July 27-31) created and led by artist Susan Robb. If you are one of the lucky 50 walkers participating this year, you will stumble upon crazy animators with cameras by the side of the road as we photograph, one frame at a time, a short animated loop inspired by the act of walking. At the end of the 3rd day of the walk you will get a chance to see the pieces as part of an installation involving kites in the Big Barn. I will be there channeling a lynx in some way, shape or form.

Below is some info about the Long Walk from

THE LONG WALK, led by Susan Robb, is a time-based, ”open-source”, and socially engaged art event that grew out of a collaboration with Stokley Towles as part of 4Culture’s TRAILS PROJECT. For this iteration, Susan and a group of fifty trail trampers will walk more than 45 miles along the King County Regional Trails System (RTS) in Western Washington over the course of four days – July 28th through 31st – from Puget Sound to Snoqualmie Falls. Along the route, participants will experience a shift in their sense of time, a new understanding of the local geography, and the creation of an interstitial culture.

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!