The Myth of a Standing Ovation / Aaron Weinstein
Submitted By Tug Rice
Aaron Weinstein, the violin virtuoso and bon vivante, asked me to illustrate a comedic poem of his. He was attracted to my visual depictions of audiences and actors and wanted to create a short film to reenforce his brand. This submission highlights my use of animation and a unique collaboration with an auditory artist.
Aaron hoped to create a project that would amuse and delight viewers with the kind of wit he is known for, and that would also be a showcase for my own work. It is a marriage of music, poetry, and illustration, and will be screened at The So Limitless and Free Film Festival in Montreal in December 2017.
Until this project, I had never worked with animation. Aaron and I considered the possibility of making the film with only still images but I thought the piece needed movement — we should see the audience rise from their seats — and so I set to work learning how to manipulate still images in a way that evoked fluid action. It took many attempts and more illustrations that initially intended, but the result was a polished and urbane examination of modern manners that captured the essense of Aaron’s humorous poem and added extra wit and visual interest.
The Myth of a Standing Ovation