Another highlight was finding out that I'd won 1st place in the film festival bumper contest this year! I put a quick submission together at the last minute, as is tradition, and it's being shown before most movies at the festival. And for those who don't know, a bumper is a 20-60 second standalone piece that shows before each movie to build hype and get the audience ready to see a movie.
Mine ended up being called "Paper Cut" mostly because I was really tired by the time I finished it and that's the best I could think of. I didn't realize that the name would end up in large letters in the paper...
I was on a shoot in Grand Rapids with Paul Genzink the day I was supposed to be working on the bumper and needed to do a piece that I could work on while traveling, so "Paper Cut" is entirely animation. Very little filming was required, and I was able to get all of the shooting in before traveling downstate. Here is the finished version showing at the film festival all this week:
I'm not sure if it is or isn't obvious how we made this piece, but if you're interested in the process, let us know. We'll see if we can put together a quick Behind The Scenes.
Speaking of behind the scenes, Tom Berninger set out to make a film about his brothers band. This is really interesting because Tom's brother is Matt Berninger, the lead singer of The National. I'm planning on seeing the finished documentary tonight, but ran into Tom last night and got to chat with him for a bit, which was really cool and really interesting.
I was reading about the film before I met him, and even that had me excited. Getting to talk to him for a bit only made me want to see it more. And the trailer looks great.
Both Matthew and I are huge National listeners, so it basically made our night to meet Tom and get to pick his brain on a few things. And I have Mike and Megan Gilger to thank for pointing out to me that Tom was standing behind me, to which I had been previously oblivious. So of course then Matthew has to suddenly turn into a super nerd and get his picture with him, which makes it abundantly clear that I now have two choices:
1. Be forever upstaged by Matthew and his photo with Tom, while I maintain a cool demeanor, or
2. Now ask if I too can also in addition have my picture taken with him as well afterward too also.
We also ran into Adam Spinnakin, the marketing director from Armor Express. I like how the Film Festival, whether you're able to see a bunch of films or not, seems to get everyone out and together. I love it.
Two days left of film festival, so for those of you in Traverse City, live it up!