Tom requested an alternative ball drop for his NYE party. I watched some previous versions on youtube and they were real boring. So I made this.
(all drawn/animated on new years eve itself, between things at work, rendering literally at 11:50 — I mean, who wants to spend more than a day making a ball drop. Gah. Except for the sound, which I stuck on this morning).
(errors corrected/reuploaded jan.10. Apologies if you saw the skippy prior version).
At last, soundtracked, sequenced and finished! Production design and art direction by Maya Edelman, photography, editing, and sound by me. Starring, I think Jeff Geisinger and Maya Edelman as the devouring-birdhead and Larissa Simpson as the keeper-owl (or whatever these things are), and with help from Chie Mori, James Andrews, Nathan Kensinger, Isam Prado, Will Krause, and likely other people that I have misplaced since shooting this last year (holler if you need crediting or remember another participant!)
(I won’t actually be at the premier due to helping out in shooting a follow-up stop-motion that day.)
New Sunken Cinematheque article up here. Communist Poland produced an astonishing number of incredible animators, six discussed here, which barely scratches the surface. A couple favorites from the article:
(Title note: Łódź is the inimitable Polish film school. Admittedly, some of these animators actually came out of graphic design backgrounds and weren’t necessarily film students, but once that terrible pun title fixed in my head, I was unable to abandon it.)