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Motion Detectors
Motion Detectors

Motion Detectors

Animation has evolved above and beyond the Saturday morning cartoons you watched as a kid. We talked to three of our favourite female artists making funny, poignant, beautiful animated work, and they were kind enough to wax philosophical on what they love most about the illusion of movement and share some “self-portraits” made especially for us.
By Caitlin Smith

JULIA POTT
juliapott.com

FROM: London
BASED: Brooklyn
CLIENTS: MTV, Bat for Lashes, Casio, The Decemberists, Hermès
WATCH: 2012 Sundance award-winning short Belly

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
As a very young kid, I entertained the idea of being a balloon, a spy, or a mermaid, but those all seemed like pretty hard work. Immediately after those dreams died, I told people I wanted to be a cartoonist for Disney.

DO YOU HAVE AN ANIMATOR IDOL?
I love classics like the Fleischer Brothers—animators who take advantage of the medium by squashing and stretching the characters, creating abstract narratives that make you feel weird in the best way.

WHAT, AHEM, DRAWS YOU TO ANIMATION?
I find it very in line with how I used approach real life as a child. It seemed genuinely feasible that you could walk through walls, push through people’s body parts or sink into the floor when you someone yelled at you.

YOU USE A LOT OF IMAGES INFLUENCED BY NATURE AND ANIMALS IN YOUR ANIMATION, AS WELL AS NARRATIVES, MOST OFTEN ABOUT LOVE. WHY?
I find animal characters endear themselves to an audience much more quickly than their human counterparts. Plus, they have a natural humor to them. They become a stand-in for the awkward, clumsy, emotional things inside of us, and the story is easier to digest because it’s not so blatant.

 

JORDAN BRUNER
jordanbruner.net

FROM: Virginia Beach, VA
BASED: Brooklyn
CLIENTS: Sundance Channel, PBS, Craft, National Geographic, Levi’s
WATCH: Levi’s Commercial

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
When I was really little, I wanted to be an architect. Then I wanted to be a travel journalist, and then I thought about becoming a dermatologist. Somehow my love of filmmaking and illustration converged and I became an animator!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CARTOON?
My favorite animated film is Hedgehog in the Fog by Yuri Norstein.

YOU USE A LOT OF GEOMETRY AND MIXED MEDIA IN YOUR WORK. WHY DO YOU FAVOUR THIS PARTICULAR STYLE?
I like the tactile feeling of hand-drawn and stop-motion animation; I have more fun when I’m working with real materials.

GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A SPECIFIC, REAL-LIFE SITUATION THAT SPARKED AN IDEA FOR ONE OF YOUR ANIMATIONS.
The music video I’m currently working on is about a fox man that leaves his home in the woods to pursue his dreams in the big city. Once he arrives, he engages in a variety of debaucheries with his fellow animal friends. In the end, he meets a pretty lady fox and goes back to woods. I think we always long for what we don’t have, and I feel like my friends and I are a little unsatisfied at times by the worlds we have created for ourselves, and have a pretty strong desire to go back to the woods.

 

KIRSTEN LEPORE
kirstenlepore.com

FROM: South Brunswick, NJ
BASED: L.A.
CLIENTS: Yo Gabba Gabba, Whole Foods, MTV, Nestlé, Heinz
WATCH: Vimeo Awards Community Choice-Winning short Bottle

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
Growing up, it was always a toss-up between special effects makeup artist and illustrator, but wasn't until college that I discovered I could actually be an animator, which incorporates all of those things.

WHY ANIMATION?
I just love the fact that I can incorporate all of the things I love into one medium and have control over them all. It's also always exciting to see puppets and drawings you've made by hand move on their own.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ANIMATION STYLE?
Minimalistic, subtle, colorful, emotional, and silly.

GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A REAL-LIFE SITUATION THAT SPARKED AN IDEA FOR ONE OF YOUR ANIMATIONS.
Bottle ! I was at my parent's house in New Jersey for the holidays watching a snowfall out the window, and thought, I wonder if anyone has ever animated with snow? I scoured YouTube and Vimeo for examples and found nothing, which made me even more inspired to try it. So I thought up a story that required snow animation and a few years later, Bottle was finished.