Indigo

During non-pandemic conditions, the Sweaty Eyeballs animation festival opens with live musicians accompanying a silent animation. Since this year’s festival is online, Phil Davis decided to try the reverse, where animators add film to Baltimore musician’s recordings.

Phil asked me if I’d be willing to do one, and I asked to work with the band WUME. They sent me a track called Indigo, and this is what I made.

I started working on this in August. I listened to the song, wrote the lyrics in my book, and let the images appear. I like narrative, and the more surreal, the better. I threaded certain images into the loose narrative, and some key elements repeatedly show up.

My notes on the animation table

I made dozens of puppets and props for the scroll, which ended up being 45′ long. I began the actual process of animating on September 27th, and finished on October 11th. The video clocks in at 4:11.

It is an honor to participate in Sweaty Eyeballs. I’ve drawn such inspiration from the programming there, as well as the time I’ve known Phil Davis. We have all done our best to persevere during these weird times (please make sure you vote – and as Phil said, please vote for people who support the arts).

I hope you enjoy this. I had fun making it, and fun with this opening!

JD

Operation

This is ridiculous. I performed an operation in my workshop that amounted to very delicate surgery. I wasn’t just playing doctor, though. Have a look.

This set will be available at the Hamilton Gallery on Harford Road in Baltimore as part of the holiday show. I just joined the collective.

Sweaty Eyeballs

I’m so very happy to say that A Job as the Moon will be screened at this year’s Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival: Friday, Oct 23, 2020 – Friday, Oct 30, 2020. I’ll post more as I know it.

From the event site:

?Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is a 7-day juried festival of the world’s most boundary-pushing, mind-blowing animation.

Since 2012, Sweaty Eyeballs has carried the torch of the animation scene in the Mid-Atlantic with independent programming & special events. Now in our 9th year, we have partnered with our longtime friends at the Maryland Film Festival to launch our 2nd international festival of animation. 

The festival will take place October 23-30, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the festival will be held online in 2020. The festival will open with six original animated music videos set to music by six Baltimore area bands, an international competition of 80 animated shorts, a Baltimore showcase, animator retrospectives, and online workshops. 

Going Dark – Brentwood Arts Exchange

Hey folks!

Here’s a cool event that I’m participating in! I’m not on Facebook anymore, I just copy information from there:

Brentwood Arts Exchange is proud to announce Going Dark, a group video exhibition opening in the Main Gallery on Wednesday, July 23 accompanied by a vibrant virtual component, streaming to your homes through our digital platforms.

Viewing schedule to be released by email, with various works highlighted across online platforms throughout the duration of the exhibit. Closing reception will feature a watch party with all videos streamed in their entirety.

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This is the first group exhibition in which I’m presenting animation. Please check it out!

A few days away….

Jim Doran Weird Science

It’s been a long time coming!

This is a screen capture of digital signage that is displayed on Towson University’s campus for my upcoming MFA graduate show.

I’ll share more shortly, but couldn’t wait to post this.