Day two of the animation festival began with an unusually well-attended "meet the filmmakers".
It's good to see these taken seriously by the Festival and the attendees. Unfortunately, Thursday's session could have been run a little better.
Above the Rauch Brothers wondering if "Q&A" referred to the extensive attention the moderator lavished on them and not simply their own film.
The last two filmmakers questioned finished up with a good deal of excitement. Both Philip Eddolls (Git Gob) and G. Melissa Graziano (Love on the Line) exhibited the same energy of their films.
Then a panel. "The Marriage of Art and Commerce" featuring Linda Simensky, Christy Karacas and Nick Cross.
Also a little loosely moderated, but the panels are interesting people.
Linda described her job as a development executive as a liaison between creator and network. Sort of a Hegelian synthesis. The relationship between the creator's thesis and the network's anti-thesis.
Then, Paul Fierlinger's "My Dog Tulip".
I made the mistake of going in with expectations. I love his films.
Yesterday the radio play nature of several films rubbed me wrong. I'd prefer the radio. This film, based on a Brit's memoir, suffered the same problem.
Upon reflection, many of Fierlinger's films are like this. Continual narrative explaining what's happening -telling us the characters thoughts. In his most effective films "Still Life with Animated Dogs" and "Drawn From Memory" the voice is his own -making the non-fiction a personal revelation. Someone else's voice just feels like an anti-cinematic shortcut.
Next, another feature.
The story didn't hang together. Maybe they should have worked on that longer. Maybe they should have brought in a writer to work out the problems.
It also makes me think that animation editors need to work on more live action films to fine tune their sense of what humans are really like.
The second shorts program was workmanlike. Nothing egregious. I had already seen Jonas Odell's "Lies". As always, its a strong piece. Also a radio play -but his visualizations exceed the soundtrack. Unfortunately, the subtitling is in white. Most of the picture plays against white backgrounds. A lot gets lost.
Janet Perlman's "Hot Seat" was charming and funny. The comic timing was solid.