Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Treehead Seed Bombs the System
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This test short was created as part of an assignment for an abbreviated lecture that just wrapped up at school. Jeff Scher, an illustrator and filmmaker, came in on Tuesday afternoon over the past month and gave us a crash course in experimental filmmaking and animation. Historically, this session was longer and students created a couple of films of varying mediums (stop motion, flipbooks, etc.). This year was a bit like drinking from a fire hose, owing to the smaller number of meetings and the volume of material to cover. For the last class, we were supposed to make a short flipbook for The Green World Campaign, an environmental non-profit. The inspiration/message for the video was Green World's tag for a current campaign: From one seed, a forest grows.
Many of my classmates embraced a more direct approach for their shorts. I'm not much of an illustrator so I played to my strengths, mainly humor, music, loud graphics and anthropomorphic freak out characters. The grenades were originally supposed to explode and cause trees and branches to take over dilapidated city buildings but we had a short window to complete this and I ran out of time. Solution? Blow up the city and grow more trees. Treehead is so awesome, I've decided to create a few 10-minute web shorts and flesh out his world, using some of my accented classmates for vocal talent. Respect.