Taken from Dustin Grella’s Animation Hotline, a series that artfully expands and exposes the private feelings people whisper into telephones.
As a type of performance art at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Grella, teaming up with sponsor HP, planted various phones around the festival grounds. Those in attendance were encouraged to pick up the cartoonish blue phones and record passing memories from the day—an experience at a café, waiting in line for a film, staying at a hotel. Grella would then sift through the messages, choosing one a day to animate in a publicly accessible, temporary studio on Main Street.
Grella makes his films by recording pastel drawings and erasures on a sometimes-wet, sometimes-chalky slate. His animations are the lively associations he makes to slices of conversation. He calls making those connections a dangerous game of visual problem solving punctuated by the fear “is someone going to get mad as I do this?” But his intimate call-and-response likely leaves his speakers feeling heard.
You can watch an interview about Grella's Sundance project here: tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-at-sundance-/sundance-2014-animation-hotline/