1. Ann Arbor Film Festival Theatrical Trailer

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    This is the longer version. Film by Jeff Scher, music by Shay Lynch. How many presidents can you spot?

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    • Matchstick

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      Matchstick, the song, is by American Royalty, a new trio out of Los Angeles. Matchstick, the video was painted in water colors and water soluble crayons on 3 foot long, three inches thin strips of paper. The style grew out of paintings I make for a pre-cinema Praxinoscope, which grew from experiments with painting on film. Matchstick was mostly painted frame at a time under a digital camera mounted on a traditional animation stand with a mechanical stage which was used to keep the paper moving. The idea was to paint and draw abstract visuals which could dance along to the psychedelic song by the band . www.facebook.com/0AmericanRoyalty0 www.soundcloud.com/americanroyalty www.american-royalty.com

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      • 50th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TV spot; 30

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        Film by Jeff Scher music by Shay Lynch

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        • Yours

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          “Yours” began with a soundie, a film made for projection in a “film jukebox” in 1945. It was a popular song in its day and, with its sentiment of eternal love, feels poignant in the context of the Second World War and all its separated loves. “Yours” is performed here by the Roberts Brothers and the Bunnell Sisters, who appear to be two sets of twins, and the film’s built-in doubles made it feel right for an experiment I’d been thinking about. What I did was shoot abstract animation literally through the original film. I used a Master Oxberry, once the gold standard of film animation cameras, now sadly verging on extinction. With this camera you can have two rolls of film running at the same time, “bi-pack” — or locked together — at the point of exposure. I shot through the film twice, first through the original and then through a negative of the original. The result is that all the blacks have been replaced by one layer of animation and all the whites by another. The surprise? How indelible the actual soundie is in the final film. It is now visible as the difference between my two replacements. I like to think that I added another twin act. This film and these notes originally appeared in the NYTIMES.COM/OPINION in "The Animated LIfe" by Jeff Scher

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