Make Them Jump
2009, 16mm, 11min. Optically printed from found footage of animals with children, with subliminal messages… an experimental film that uses snippets from discarded educational films including a bullfrog-jumping contest, a story of a child in a Harlem project who finds an abandoned duck, and a girl whose best friend is a cow. Repetition, time and sound manipulation, and not least of all – humor, all reside within the film frames of this project. Inspired by the Rachel Carson quote: “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility,” the film digs frame-by-re-photographed-frame for the underlying, yet now tenuous beauty in nature and our awkward, yet increasingly poignant relationship with animals.
related clip and more info on my process:
Fruitcake is a cut-out animation originally shot on kodachrome super8 film. Utopian scenes of Christmas and household domesticity from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s magazines were clipped, shattered and animated to reveal the structures beneath the facade of liquor-laden fruitcake making bliss. Kris-Kringle is a degenerate and creepy dolls come to life to trick-or-treat. A distorted music-box sound track provides an off-kilter accompaniment to this well-aged dysfunctional mini-melodrama. 2000 (click on image for excerpt)