Wednesday, April 27, 2016

for what it's worth...

still feeling' the bern...darn this indirect democracy.

Friday, March 18, 2016

intro monster, 2004.

Jr F04 Intro Monster from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

Old thing.

dreaming thomas

seeking like-footed musicians.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

a few more images...

...thanks to Bob Lee for documenting this year's Philadelphia Independents screening:

Plastic Club President Cynthia Arkin makes introductory remarks...

The audience...a mix of animators, Plastic Clubbers, and friends.

Q & A after the screening, with the animators fielding questions from the curious.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Philadelphia Independents 2016 recap

Hey, great show! There's always a good feeling coming out of the screening, with welcoming and knowledgeable Plastic Clubbers, a new cast of animators, and folks from outside either of those two worlds. A lot of variety in tonight's playlist, ranging from experimental collage music videos to humorous cartoons, and several new faces in the mix.

Here's a list of the artists, in the order of the evening, with links to their online presences:

Day Job, Etc. (Sean Dooley & Hugo Marmugi): UArts alum working the night shift with their personality-driven animated shorts.

Tulipomania (Cheryl Gelover, Mitch Smith, Tom Murray): experimental animators and band combined into one.

Ross Bollinger : a veteran of the screening now, master of comic timing and character exaggeration.

Ellen Marcus, assisted by Janelle Smith: two of my former teammates, professional painter, illustrator, and animator, and UArts alum, animator and multimedia fine artist, with an animated sequence for a live-action film project, and also pitching her (Ellen's) new adult coloring book.

Chris Ferrantello: illustrator-turned-animator, UArts (PCA) alum, mixing collage animation with found soundtracks.

Runaku Salhi: an original and compelling take on Nietzsche's "The Madman".

Christopher Magee: wandering musician, UArts professor, and independent animator.

Sarah Schwartz, Claire Fouquet, Patty Smith: excellent "making of" film documenting the collaboration between French animator and professor and UArts printmaker and professor for a dance/music/visual art performance piece. Film by UArts alumna.

Chris De Pew: UArts alum with an elegantly minimalist, experimental thesis film.

 John Serpentelli, assisted by Ben Howell: UArts professor and independent animator and alumnus animator telling a serious story through the sound and images of children.

Annelise Williams: UArts alum with a wonderfully heartfelt thesis film that gets you "right here".

Karl Staven: UArts professor and independent animator with a surreal stop-motion tale of music composition and its side-effects.

And here is the program.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

3rd year in a row!

Philadelphia Independents, screening of local animators' work at the Plastic Club, 247 S. Camac St, Philadelphia, on Saturday, February 27th, 6:30pm. *limited seating, so e-mail me in advance for one of the 10 spots I have available!

Friday, January 15, 2016

nowhere man.

Harmonizing again after more than 30 years. A rough-around-the-edges but exciting stab at "Nowhere Man" with two of my high school, MPG music-mates. We played under the direction of our no-holds-barred music instructor and Perpetual Seeker and Asker of Unanswerable Questions Mark, covers and his originals. Our school didn't have enough students for a regular band, so we had a modern music ensemble instead, lucky us. Challenging time signatures, chord progressions, and harmonies. One perk I always got a kick out of was getting to skip religion class because we played at chapel once a week. I don't think Jesus is mandatory there anymore.

It was great to play with people you played with as a teenager: no time like high school to be into music - the best time to be in a band.

It was a good challenge to play with these two, having to keep up, musically. After our first get-together we got together one more time and ran through more Beatles than I knew the chords to. Such fun.

As we were:

Monday, January 11, 2016