Here are the interviews with animators from the virtual MinnAnimate 9:
MinnAnimate 10 Lineup
The Magic of the Molars (John Akre) – Two wand-bearing molars save the rest of the teeth from the terrors of decay and destruction in this stop motion animated short with music by Andy McCormick.
The Synesthesiacs (Seymour Plank) – An unpopular band uses witchcraft in an attempt to win the crowd over. However, things go wrong very quickly.
Umbrella Man (Daniel Marcou) – A very short animation that I made for a VFX class at IPR. The purpose of the video was to work on compositing skills and make a short animated video.
The Replacements Eat Lunch (Wayne Nelsen) – Join The Replacements for lunch at the CC Club in 1982!
Practice (Joey Barrett) – One-year-old’s hands trying to put a shoe on.
Nervous System (Zoe Kothlow) – A man wakes up to find himself undead, due to mysterious circumstances. An atmospheric narrative unfolds without dialogue.
MidLife (Robert Jersak) – Folk horror imagery meets existential dread in this experimental animated short film about a man running through his 40’s. It’s not a crisis; it’s just a jog in the woods.
hold my eyes (Ches Cipriano & Jake Quatt) – a film compiled, animated, and edited in a bit under than 48 hrs. we explored & want to know how you feel in the moonlight. has your shadow ever told you a secret?
Water (Lily Berg) – Arianna jumps off a bridge and is saved by the Water Lady, who gives her a choice between life and death.
LOCUS (Hana Hartmann & Nori Donais) – (n.) the effective or perceived location of something abstract.
Perpetual Notion Machine (CC Stanhill) – An unlikely figure dances through an uncertain space. Inspired by the animator’s experience of coming out as genderqueer during a year of social isolation. Drawn by hand on 70mm paper.
Unfortunate Family (Yinyin Niu) – Two narrators are describing the story of the unfortunate they witnessed, but the stories they know coincidentally involve the same family from two opposing perspectives. Why do two narrators only get one-sided information? It’s as if something is trapping them ……
let me just (Merit Thursday & Artemis Brown) – Two friends pull at the loose threads of communication and relationship making, to see what other sweaters they might weave.
Us – Chapter 4 (Garden Greene) – “Us” is a four part coming of age story aimed to navigate the themes of gender, sexuality, and queer identity. The final chapter sees the couple reuniting for the first time in months after a summer filled with uncertainty and doubt over the future of the relationship.
See Thru (for Norman) (Adam Loomis) – An exercise in free association and stream of consciousness.
Boy Brow (Jane Hornsby) – A woman has all of her facial features stolen from her by a carnivorous women’s magazine , only to have them advertised back to her on her TV for $100.
Thirty-One Infinities (Matt Semke) – An exploration of phenakistiscopes. In the month of October 2021, one phenakistiscope was created every single day. Each piece exists as a stand alone looping animation that can be viewed in augmented reality. This film is a compilation of that exploration.
Detached (Emory Allen) – You ever wake up feeling not like yourself? Let everyone know by changing your head as easily as you would change your shirt. Put on your happy face! Or your sad face. Or your uh… upside down face?
Optopum (Ed Heyl) – Opto-puum Op-topum Hopt-opum? A wizard and his wizard-baby explore a strange and dangerous world.
Shells (Tom Schroeder) – What remains.
Concession Stand (Brian Barber) – A drive-in style concessions stand ad for the Free Range Film Festival, played at intermission.
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MinnAnimate 9 Lineup
Animation made by youth
From FilmNorth July 2020 Stop Motion Animation Camp
Food Fight, by Kaitlin
Crumbs Vs. Mouth, by Charlie
Attack of the Cheeseburger, by Nolan
From FilmNorth August 2020 Stop Motion Animation Camp
Dragon in the Woods, by Netta
Promo for the Empire, by Gabriel
Relentless, by Bennett
An adventurer goes on a journey in search for diamonds in a cave.
The Red Jewel Thief
Lego Stop Motion: Someone steals a red jewel and tries to get away but is apprehended soon after!
The main character and second character are fighting in a deserted landscape. When the main character loses, he wakes up.
A young boy finds a unique way to get back at some neighborhood bullies.
The Grand Story
This short film is a summary of my grandparents’ story together, based off of pictures/videos/stories I’ve been seen or been told about growing up.
Spike and Melody
In this world, Paleco is a product that allows children to have customized dinosaurs as pets. Our main character, Melody, wants one for her birthday but her mom can’t afford it. However, Mom ends up finding a bootleg version, DinoGo, instead. But something doesn’t seem quite right when the egg finally hatches…
Baby Food is an animated short film about a feisty baby who’s sick of eating baby food; he wants adult food.
A robot’s quest takes him up the face of a precarious mountain and pits him against an even stronger foe.
Hit the Road Jack
A lip sync team gets burned, original is stereo 3D
What happens when you mix Mickey Mouse and Deadpool together? You get DeadMouse!!
My Northeast and Yours
A collaboratively-created stop motion animation project about the sense of place, created during shelter in place and animated over several livestreams.
Slapstick psychedelia meets analog glitch film in a love poem to the blotty, bleedy, supersaturated splendor of ink on paper. Ever-morphing imagery crackles with artifacts and oddments that recall the unique textures of film reels, video tapes, and digital files. Created entirely with brushed ink on 35mm paper.
Us – Chapter 1
“Us” is planned as a four part coming of age story aimed to navigate the themes of gender, sexuality, and queer identity.
How Not to Be Seen
A woman takes extreme measures to avoid small talk at a wedding.
The Perfect Dress
A woman dreams of a perfect dress and works to create it. The result of her efforts takes her on a journey which ends in a photo taken in her front yard. This project was the outcome of a July 2020 FilmNorth online workshop.
Japanese artist, Yuya Negishi, takes us on a tour of his home in the era of COVID-19.
Enjoy my short film about the selflessness of the children we raise. All of us parents are stuck at home with our delightful offspring. They will be good citizens… eventually. Stay safe! Room Layout by Mike Owens Room Background by Ching Thao
Lessons During COVID-19
Simple lessons to remember during lockdown.
Quarantine Horror Routine
Walks with my daughter by day, binging vintage horror films by night – it’s all part of a COVID-19 quarantine horror routine. Frames of gothic cinema and cycles of personal fears all bleed together in this short film about living day-to-day during a pandemic.
The Coolest Wife
An incredibly tolerant wife hears about another gnarly card game from her husband.
Aliens & Milk
A distant planet, fueled by milk, runs out. Story and art by Hamil Griffin-Cassidy.
Twurkey 2 Point OH!
The sequel to “The World’s First Twurkey” is FINALLY here!!!
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MinnAnimate 9 Bios
John Akre is an animator who live in Minneapolis, MN. He tries to figure out collaborative ways to use stop motion animation, teaches animation at Hamline University and FilmNorth, and also organizes MinnAnimate.
Hello, I’m Kai Dranchak! I’m a recent grad at Ringling College of Art and Design. My main passion lays in storyboarding, but I also love visual development. I love getting a reaction out of and leaving a positive impact on an audience.
Joseph Dutra graduated at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2019, majoring in Filmmaking. But he also loves the art of animation and hopes to make a career of it, along with film.
Joel Erkkinen is a self-taught animator and film maker. His work is meant to both elicit laughter and also make you ponder said laughter. He is best known for his award winning viral film “The World’s First Twurkey.” His professional career spans 16 years. He currently work as a Creative Director at motion504 in Minneapolis.
Scott Ferril spent the last 50 years deciding what to do for a living. He’s chosen animation.
Garden Greene is an independent writer/animator from St Paul interested in pursuing deeply personal stories with universal themes.
Marla Goodman is an artist and amateur Thereminist in Bozeman, Montana whose paintings frequently touch on nostalgia, despair and humor. This, her first stop motion animation, reflects her interests in printed ephemera, perfectionism and longing.
Robert Jersak is an independent mixed-media animator living in Minnesota and teaching at Century College.
Amabelle Johnson is a recent graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in 2D Animation and minor as a Teaching Artist. Although she came from an extensive illustration background, she loves working with character animation, visual development, and world building.
Alex Kern. Born in 1999 in Blaine Minnesota. One animation course taken at Hamline University. First stop motion animation video.
Andrea Lindner is an undergraduate student at Hamline University majoring in Professional Writing & Rhetoric and Digital Media Arts, and is from Oakdale, Minnesota. She takes inspiration from traditional hand-drawn animation and the cartoons she watched growing up.
Wayne Nelsen has currently made 110 animations.
Beth Peloff is a video maker and teacher who works in both animation and documentary. Her films have played at film festivals throughout the U.S. She is a 2017 recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant.
Sam Selvaggio and Kyle Christopherson were both semi-working actors in their youth. They have since settled into a comfortable domestic lives, but manage to keep their artistic sides alive by writing, producing, and animating short films…mostly with a fart theme.
Jordan Schulz is a 3D Character Animator/Generalist, graduating from UW-Stout in March 2020 with a B.F.A. in Entertainment Design: Animation. He also loves doing environmental concept art.
Colin Stanhill is a self-taught animator working in Minneapolis. They draw all their films by hand on paper. According to Malcolm Turner, of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, they are “quite a lucid sort of fellow.”
Kate Toriseva is a digital artist and painter located in Minnesota, but generally not an animator. She decided to take a class at her university to try and broaden her skills and The Grand Story was the result. She is hoping to use animation in her artwork much more, and hopefully find herself back at MinnAnimate sometime soon!
Wong Xiong is 18 years old and in college at Hamline University. He is Hmong and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Thank you to everybody who made MinnAnim8 to great!
Here are photos of the Youth/Student animators talking about their work:
Here are photos from the Independent Animator discussion.
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MinnAnim 8 Biographies
Emory Allen, Alicia Allen
Foreign Fauna is the independent animation studio of directors Alicia Allen and Emory Allen. Foreign Fauna is our outlet to express ideas that move us through a medium that we love.
Trevor expresses his regret over not being able to attend this awesome experience– he’s always inspired by the sweat, blood, and labors of love which make up contributions and sequencing of this festival.
John Akre is an animator and videomaker and teaching artist who takes stop motion animation to various places with his Sloppy Films Animation Station. He creates animation and documentary video with his wife Beth Peloff as Green Jeans Media. He teaches animation at Hamline University and Film North and organizes MinnAnimate.
Lukas Anderson is an animator from Saint Paul MN, currently residing in Los Angeles CA.
Hallie Bahn is an animator, interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bahn received her MFA in interdisciplinary practices from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her work has screened internationally.
Grace Bauer is a Digital Media Arts Student at Hamline University and is from Hastings, Minnesota. She enjoys creating things and the sense of accomplishment after finishing a big project, but even more than that, she loves the artistic process it takes to get there. #SaveTheEarth
Sishir Bommakanti is an illustrator and animator who works in the genre of the absurd, surreal and fantasy. His work is inspired by the dark corners of human psyche and threads into the fringe.
Dana Conroy studied filmmaking at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She’s directed and produced several popular film festival selections such as Fire & Light (2017), Adventure Unknown (2016), and Xenos (2015). She’s won 7 Emmy awards and a Golden Bell Award (Campana del Oro) for Movistar’s commercial Lost in Montevideo (2016). Choosing to reside in rural Minnesota, Dana enjoys making cultural documentaries for underserved regions at a PBS station.
Minneapolis local who loves to animate!
Robert Jersak is an educator and independent animation and documentary artist.
Tyler Leininger is a Senior at Hamline University studying Digital Media arts and studio art. He enjoys a variety of different mediums, including digital painting, photography, film, and most recently, animation.
Wayne Nelsen has made over 100 animated videos.
Peter Bonde Becker Nelson
Peter Bonde Becker Nelson teaches New Media Art at St. Olaf College. Examining themes of gender, aging, class, and identity, Nelson records and interprets the personal narratives of his friends, family, and self. His work delves into the nuances of human connection — love, friendship, intimacy, frustration and loss.
Mike Owens, Wendie Owens
Born in the Appalachian mountains, schooled in Chicago, trained in the ancient arts of pencil and paper animation, Emmy winning animator MIKE OWENS has manifested a Hollywood career while maintaining a Midwest lifestyle.
Beth Peloff is a video maker and teacher who works in both animation and documentary. Her films have played at film festivals regionally and nationally. She is a 2017 recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant.
Maret Polzine is a filmmaker and arts organizer living and working in the Twin Cities. They are the founder of Video Variant, the host of Cinema Lounge, and a teaching artist with COMPAS.
I have been animating for 4 years, and a huge fan of cartoons and animated films. A lot of projects I do are animation collaborations on Youtube. I am attending Century College Fall of 2019 for their 3D Animation program. Watch more animations by me here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmhUtDye5ErqvOse7Y1UpaA?view_as=subscriber
Colin Stanhill is a self-taught animator working in Minneapolis. He draws all his films by hand on paper. According to Malcolm Turner, of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, he is “quite a lucid sort of fellow.”
Molly Parker Stuart
Molly Parker Stuart is a visual artist living and working in Minneapolis. Her work has been covered by The Creators Project and Animal New York and has been exhibited widely. Molly’s work uses social and digital structures to create a felt experience.
I am a young filmmaker from Saint Paul Minnesota, my first film I made was in 2014, it was a 2 minute Lego stop motion video titled “The Legend of Jeff” I was 11 at the time.
MinnAnim8 Youth/Student Showcase
Here are the films in the MinnAnim8 Youth/Student Showcase, at 6:45 pm on September 12 at the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Midnight Caller
by Tyler Leininger
Audio taken from the Coen brother’s film “The Midnight Caller” talks about the motivation behind our consumption of media.
Animation Reel (2017 – 2019)
by Rowan Thompson
This is my submission for the minnanimate 2019. It is a collection of my best stop motion films from 2017 – 2019. The oldest one being the candy one at the beginning most recent one being Swedish Fish.
From Film North 2019 Stop Motion Animation Camp
The Boring Mission to Earth by Isaiah and James
Diamond Dilemma by Ava and Syan
From Film North 2019 After Effects Camp
Hello by Tess
Abstract Waves by Willa
Riptide by Astrid
From Film North 2019 Creative Cloud Animation Camp
The Great Escape by Ella
Pets and Pandemonium by Carson
Grumpy Dog by Nina
Goblins Do Not Like Puppies
by Carolyn Schmit
A sleeping goblin is woken up from his nap by an unpleasant surprise.
A Blacksmith’s Fire
A Blacksmith, Coal and Diamond make some great things together.
Madi The Crabby: Madi and Mary go to the Beach
by Grace Bauer
Madi the crab and Mary the raccoon are roommates who want to find something fun to do. They go to the beach and it’s a mess, so the cleaning up commences. This piece comments on the “save the planet” movement from the perspective we don’t hear enough of: animals’.
by Thao Doan
When some thing lurks underneath your couch, be careful when you rage quite.
Puppy Dog, I Love You
by Lukas Anderson
A sad pig who doesn’t speak finds happiness from the help of his friends.
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MinnAnim8 Independent Animation Showcase
Here is the MinnAnim8 Independent Animation Showcase, which will be presented on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 pm.
Mike Owens, Wendie Owens
Having your own point of view may not make you fit in, but it can make you king of planet potato.
A music video for the Barcelona-based band, Seward.
A true family story of a heroic pelican takes shape on the banks of Lake Traverse as unwanted visitors approach.
Poet Gretchen Marquette remember her childhood.
Letters from Pickle
On July 26th, 2017, Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the president had made a friend. We imagine that their correspondence continued.
“Habitual” is an animated vignette, which explores the doldrums of office labor.
A self-portrait, the animation was created by hand rotoscoping footage of the filmmaker performing. By refusing to generalize any movements, the piece illustrates the minutiae of administrative behaviors in frame by frame detail.
Her Mother’s Eyes
For those of us without the gift of a green thumb, we can only standby, helpless as our beloved house plants fade away. If only there was an ER for little green buddies!
née Rabbit confronts the mind’s struggle to maintain a true identity even as our memory begins to fade. Can we continue to know ourselves when we have no recollection of our past actions and reactions? Do we adapt our identity to incorporate this loss into our life’s story? Or do we resign ourselves to wake up each day anew and if so, who are we?
You Are Here
“You’re out here. You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.” You Are Here is an animated experimental meditation – 112 seconds to break away from whatever you’ve gotten yourself tangled up in lately.
A lonely person unexpectedly takes a journey to reconnect with life.
Anxiety; intrusive thinking; running around in circles
Made with only 12 pages of standard copy paper, this is Colin’s greenest work to date! Let this lo-fi imitation of 35mm film take you on a microscopic voyage through telescoping tunnel visions in Full Two-Tone Color!!
I am stone: solid, heavy. Sometimes I sink in space, falling and filling and scraping through, curving and curling into it. Sometimes I fall into a space that provides refuge.
The Hole in the Sky
Somewhere, up there, is a hole in the sky. But we have not found it yet.
Hot Cro-Croa! Jonnaman Gripthurst, a lonely boneless man recounts his adventures in the big city as he get a mysterious pop-up when surfing the dark web. A TV Spot for a popular drink called Cro-Croa, and its premier of its new flavor: Hot! Cro-Croa. Animated and directed by: Sishir Bommakanti, Additional animation by: Jacob Berrier, Music by: Slowya.roll and Post Everything Production, In collaboration with Post Everything Production and The Story Must Be Told
Dragon Boat Fest
My tribute to the Vietmom war
As a young woman, Jessie faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent who blacklists her from teaching. As an elderly woman, Alzheimer’s disease makes her paranoid of an “intruder man” who haunts her apartment. Slipping between these parallel periods, Jessie remains persistent in the face of sexism, loss, and dementia.
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MinnAnimate 7 photos 2
Here are some photos from the Independent Animation screening panel from MinnAnimate 7. Thank you, Aaron Nosan, for the photos!
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MinnAnimate 7 photos
Here is a photo of Dean Hatton’s MinnAnimate shirt and some of the Youth/Student Q and A panel. MinnAnimate 7 was so much fun! Thank you to everybody who came and contributed! Panel photos by Beth Peloff!
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