MinnAnimate Profile: Caleb Wood


Tell us a little bit about yourself and your animation.

I was born in Colorado, grown throughout several Midwestern states, and currently reside in northern Minnesota. I was allowed to watch lots of cartoons growing up, which were a heavy influence on how I approached art in my younger years. I never really thought about being an animator when i was a kid though, I just knew I wanted to make art in general. It wasn’t until I understood how animation was made that I realized I could pursue it as an art form. Once that happened, I became addicted to it, and wanted to learn all about it. At this point in my life I am certain that animation will be my lifelong pursuit.

Why do you like animation?

I love it for so many reasons, mostly because it is honestly the most versatile, collective, and limitless of art forms. It allows me to use any medium of creation within a format of time, space, and sound. I am able to create any experience that I can imagine, a fully choreographed moment, for viewers to take in as a collective audience. Within a film create life, watch it grow, and let it die.

Tell us about this short.

Worm from caleb wood on Vimeo.

“Worm” was influenced by Takashi Murata, Adam Beckett, and MRI scanning. It is an attempt to create the sense of three dimensional forms through using hand drawn two dimensional animated loops.

bird shit from caleb wood on Vimeo.

“Bird Shit” is a film composed of cell phone photos of bird shit played in sequence. The photos and sound were taken on a walk through Yoyogi Park near Shinjuku Tokyo in Japan.

Do you do other kinds of art that inform your animation work?
I mess around with music, take photography and video, draw daily, rarely write, view an excessive amount of films, sometimes sculpt with clay, and explore stuff outside.

Who are some of your favorite/inspirational animators?
Norman Mclarren, Adam Beckett, Takashi Ito, Takashi Murata, Koji Yamamura, Yuri Norstein, Jiri Barta, Pritt Parn, Katsuhiro Otomo, Amy Kravits, Matti Kutt, Ketia Kurasaka, David Lynch, Don Hertzfeldt, Jan Svankmajer, Chriss Sullivan, Jonathan Hodgson,
and many many more.

Is Minnesota a good place to do animation? And what do we need here to make it a better place for animation?
For me it is a great place to work and create for personal reasons, but I do not think there are very many animators creating non commercial work within the state. Minnanimate is a great start to exposing our state to the auteur animated short film. Having more people understand animation, and appreciate it, is the only thing you need to make Minnesota a better place for it.

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