Erika Swyler's book is perfect summer reading! I was honored to create the book trailer.
I am thrilled to be animating a book trailer for a forthcoming novel, The Book of Speculation, by Erika Swyler, coming out in mid-June from St. Martin's Press.
On April 9, The Ballad of Holland Island House is featured on The Plus Paper, a new bilingual English/Chinese online magazine showcasing works done by innovative artists and designers from around the globe. I am ESPECIALLY excited to see right in the side-bar, the work of my talented former student, former Memory Tricks! collaborator, and current google-doodler Olivia Huynh. I know I'm in good company!
On March 25, 2015 The Ballad of Holland Island House screened in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capitol as the winner of Greenpeace's Postcards from Climate Change contest.
This also represents the film's online debut. It will be streaming on Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook on March 26 - spread the word!
"Greenpeace USA is excited to announce the winners from the first Postcards from Climate Change Student Film Contest. Our goal was to reward and showcase the best short films on local climate change stories from student filmmakers across the United States. We received over 500 entries and are proud to recognize these top films, chosen by our esteemed judges."
Ballad of Holland Island House by Lynn Tomlinson- 1st Place Winner
Here are the judges' comments:
"The one that rises to the top for us is the Ballad of the Holland Island House. -- A totally mesmerizing, thoughtful and immersive piece that relies on emotion to make clear the consequence of inaction. Can watch it over and over again!"
-Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (Trouble the Water)
The originality of Tomlinson's voice, vision and POV is captivating from the first to last frame. The integrity of her art-animation, tone, pacing, score and soulful resonance of the storyteller's voice made the environmental messaging of the story resonate with this viewer, while also impressing as a stand alone piece of art. I wish we saw more of this artful approach to environmental topics.
-Chico Colvard (Family Affair)
This short film is beautiful and a masterful work of art – and not just the art of film, but the original music and the painting and motion graphics. From a content perspective with regard to climate change, I thought it was actually very effective to not hit the audience over the head with the climate change reference – it was a sad, emotional story about life changing as the seas rise, and I can see it being effective as an emotional appeal even for those who are not necessarily thinking about climate change
-Caty Borum Chattoo (American University Center for Media & Social Impact)
The Ballad of Holland Island House is screening and winning awards at a number of festivals and events. Updates are regularly posted on the film's Facebook page.
In the first two weeks of April, 2014, I stayed at the Artist House at St. Mary's College in Southern Maryland. During my residency, I spoke about my work and led a stop-motion animation workshop. I also worked intensively on an animated short, using painterly clay-on-glass animation. The film will be the story of the last house on Holland Island, an island in the Chesapeake Bay that is sinking.
"I was completely charmed by the contradiction between the borderline ridiculous DIY aspect of what was happening at the aquarium with what was revealed on the big screen and how epic it was. In your case technology elevated the storytelling. I saw exactly how you did it and it was still magical." -- Peter Davis
We had two sets of performances over the past two weeks -- six shows in all! The first two were at the Puppet Slamwich at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore, which is a fantastic event, coordinated by the AMAZING Valeska Populoh. There are always great audiences and an amazing variety of performances from the Baltimore region and increasingly from other cities. Everything from stand-up puppet comics, to old fashioned scrolling "crankies," to overhead projector shadow puppets, and more. We did two performances in one night (tricky considering we had to fill and bail out the aquarium twice! in a matter of minutes!). It couldn't have been a more exciting and fun spot to debut our show,
And then we showed four times for QuestFest Visual Theatre Fest at the Theatre Project in Baltimore, in a performance along with Los Angeles-based animator/performer Miwa Matreyek. We were able to try out some new things in front of these audiences (including a pink swim cap!) and these tweaks helped our piece get stronger each time. We included the text of the poem by Sam Saper in the program, so people could read it as they waited for the show to start, and that set the stage very well. We got some great feedback, and the Jellyfish Wranglers and I had a great time.