- Most animators draw their films frame by frame or model and animate them using 3D software. I collect, grow, and scavenge my frames. Subtle differences (genetic variability) between one frame or specimen and the next create hypnotic, pulsing motion.
- I imagined that since the imagery for my films already existed and didn’t have to be created from scratch I’d discovered some clever shortcut in the animation process. I hadn’t. The flatbed scanner I use to create the grainy, surrealist images can take up to 20 minutes to complete a 2400 dpi pass. I spend weeks, sometimes months, in After Effects arranging and correcting thousands of images. My process is just as tedious as any of the more traditional forms of animation.
- Conveniently though common plants and weeds like Oxalis pes caprae, Medicago polymorpha, Salvia lyrata, Lamium purpureum, or Ipomoea cairica are little films growing right outside my front door.