Grand Prize Winner at Texas Union Film Festival (UT) 2013
Narrative - Drama Award Winner at Jump Cut Film Festival (UT) 2013
One of 12 films chosen for the Longhorn Denius Showcase (UT) 2013
Screened on ESPN's Longhorn Network in 2013
Screened at 2013 Portobello Film Festival in London
Screened at the 2013 London Feminist Film Festival
I created this animation Summer/Fall 2012 for my Bridging Disciplines Program independent project. It's based on one of my favorite short stories "The Yellow Wallpaper" by feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The story is about a depressed woman who eventually is driven to insanity due to the confines of femininity and mental illness.
In order to make this project, I traced over a video I shot frame-by-frame. In total, I drew almost 2,000 images. My process was to trace the images in Adobe Flash, create backgrounds in Photoshop, compile and enhance in AfterEffects, and edit in Final Cut.
I want to thank my very (very) patient and helpful primary mentor Ben Bays for guiding me with this project. I would also like to thank the Bridging Disciplines program for providing me with the means to create this, and especially to my BDP advisor Rose Mastrangelo. In addition, I could not have done this without my terrifyingly amazing and intelligent actress Briana McKeague who interpreted the character of Jane perfectly. Special thanks also goes out to Patrick Zimmerman, who was a major help in AfterEffects and canceling out my negative thoughts constantly.
Others who helped with this project was Sarah Foster and her feet that I made ugly, my secondary mentor Brian Bremen, and the Driskill Hotel where I filmed the project. Also, thanks to Himani Reddy who initially introduced me to the story and convinced me that it would make an awesome animation!
Background music is from Animal Collective - "Two Sails on a Sound"
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