Tess Martin | 4 min | USA | 2012
A fisherman experiences a moment of connection with a female humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco. Is this an example of inter-species communication or a mysterious fluke? This true story is retold in paint on a 16 foot high wall with the help of the passing public in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park. Watch the timelapse here: vimeo.com/32413369
Directed and Animated by: Tess Martin
Additional Animators: Webster Crowell, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Amanda Moore
Actor: DK Pan
Music & Audio: Spencer Thun
Interviewees: Jenny Asarnow, Alec Deason, Emily Eagle, Marc Hobbs, Ilana Holmes, Britt Madsen, Tristan Parker, Anthony Sonnenberg
Volunteers: Katie Durant-Storey, Alma Khasawnih, Shannon MacIntyre, Britt Madsen, Doug Mora, Houria Rollosson, Venus Volante
This story was originally heard in the Radiolab podcast ‘Animal Minds’and was animated primarily over one weekend in Seattle’s Cal Andersen Park
Made Possible by: Sound Transit, 4Culture
Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with back-lit paper cut-outs, ink, paint and sand. She is the recipient of two 4Culture grants, two City of Seattle grants, and numerous others in support of her films, including Plain Face (2011), a 10 minute short that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2011. More recent works include The Whale Story, animated on a 16 foot high wall in a public park, and Hula Hoop, a loopy sand piece.
Tess Martin is a member of SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team, a loose coalition of filmmakers whose mission is to be a nurturing force for the creation and dissemination of experimental animation. Some other members include Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Web Crowell and Sarah Jane Lapp. She has curated a program of SEAT films titled Inter-Action, which has screened in Seattle and New York City and toured Europe in October 2011.
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