The wife and I have only been in Austin since September and most of my days have been spent dealing with my trademark shitty timing… on the dual fronts of new home ownership and freelance employment. Both precarious in this greasy chunk of time when we all get to ride the downturn together. But as the year draws to a close, it appears that I can start experimenting with a little cautious optimism. This Friday, Quicksand Under Carpet, the music video I directed for New Radiant Storm King from The Steady Hand album (that’s the one before last, for those counting), will be screening during the pre-show for the Austin Underground Film Festival.
In addition, I created an animated trailer for the festival. I’d been messing around with a method of replicating hand-drawn paper cell animation without the fuss of honest-to-god animation and the results are pretty encouraging. I’ll be honest, it’s cheating, but I don’t consider myself a real animator, so I’m living down to all expectations. An odd coincidence is that Don Hertzfeldt, an artist whose work clearly has stuck in the nooks and crannies of my subconscious, and an obvious inspiration for the digital bastardization of his technique, will have two shorts screening at the festival: Everything Will Be Okay and I Am So Proud of You.
If you’re anywhere nearby, make it down to the Salvage Vanguard Theater. You could sure as hell do worse for your entertainment dollar.