"Squid Knuckle" lives in the suburban housing development of May's Pond during the mid 1980's when latchkey kids were the norm. Tweens and teens are left to their own devices, experimenting with drugs and alcohol unwittingly provided by their own parents. It's about sneaking out late at night, discovering porn mags, shoplifting, running from the cops, and dodging creeps in the woods." This is my long term film project. I'm still fleshing out the story. Actually, the story is complete, there is just no ending. I don't know if there needs to be an ending. If there is no ending, and the story just drops off, will it matter to the audience? I guess I'm feeling a bit experimental about the storyline itself, and the film may simply be a series of vignettes. I'm hoping to have a vignette finished by Summer 2017, so I can pitch it for some funding. I don't need a lot of money, just enough to afford paper and paint and maybe pay some bills along the way. I don't feel confident about a kickstarter or gofundme at this time, but I'm hoping I can find some grant money to get started.
In late December, Clyde called me up and told me he was talking to R.Ring about a music video for their new album. I was holding onto some unused footage that happened to fit perfectly to their song, "Cutter." The animation was done similar in style to Torrey Pines, meaning paper puppets shot on a multi-plane rig. In a week, I had animated a few new scenes and Clyde edited it all together. It all happened really fast and to our surprise, Kelley and Mike loved it! In fact, so much that we ended up using two scenes from the video for the cover art.
We are also working on a beautiful live action/animated video for Aye Nako. This video is a group effort divided between several Seattle area animators. The video contains a bounty of hand drawn hallucinations as the band members eat magic mushrooms at Coney Island. The live action was beautifully shot in New York, the animated psychedelic effects and drawings are bright and colorful.