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The Magical Forest And The Things

Released: April 10, 2020
Hand drawn animation by Dave and Callie (6 years old) during Covid19

 

Dave and Callie (6 years old) spent the first three weeks of Covid19 distancing in a make-shift shared studio now called the Quarantine Attic. It's an original story depicting a critical yet child-like observation of human consumption habits and the social reinforcements that influence it.

METHOD: Hand drawn pen and marker on watercolor paper (more art of this style at www.ScribblesOfDave.com). The drawings were then scanned and arranged in video software. The sound effects were captured at home by using domestic geese sped up to sound like turkeys. Breaking sticks were slowed to sound like cracking trees. The music track was a ukulele played over the final edit.

NARRATION: Debuting Calliope Pietrewicz who inspired many of the random quotes and details when she was 3 or 4 years old, such as “50 hundred hundred” and “dogfood trees”. However, she recorded the voice over at almost 7 years old. So Callie had to use her acting skills and ham up some toddlerism. Her expression and enunciation were perfect from the first take. The remaining 10 takes were recorded while trying to refrain from spinning and jumping while speaking. Quite a performance.

Special thanks to Maddy Leue for supporting and facilitating a creative environment.


Are you a collector?

Why not keep a chunk of movie as a souvenir?

This movie was hand drawn, which means there are ORIGINALS! If you see a character or an object in the movie that you would like to hang on your wall or put on your shelf, get in touch. Your donations will be put toward making our next movie.

Many of the characters you see in the movie have several poses. Some have 3 or 4, others have up to 8. The backgrounds are often multiple drawings overlapped. And the houses tend to be one of a kind. Also available are all words that you see on the screen because they too are hand written.

There are too many drawings to make a catalog with prices etc. Simply get in touch and say "I like the ___ scene" or "do you have any turkeys left" etc. We can go from there. Rare significant drawings obviously will cost more than a tree etc. But none of these are outrageously priced. No donation is too small. There are plenty of these to go around.

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