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10:08 AM on 11.15.2013

8th Annual Teaneck International Film Festival This Weekend, My Film's In It!

Hey Everybody! My Thesis Film is playing this weekend Sunday evening during the  It's Part of the NJ/NY Short Film Series at 6:15 pm on this coming Sunday, November 17th! If any of you are in the area, I'd love it if you came out to catch the film, alongside some other pieces that should be good fun as well!


12:57 PM on 09.04.2013

My Flix in Fest: Proper Steps in Teaneck!

Been a long time since I posted here on the ole' blogs. Longer still than when I posted my film projects. Most of that is because well my fellow crew and I wanted to get into festivals and just posting the short all over the net wouldn't help that cause so much.

I was embroiled over the past year working on the thesis film. We had an insane planning stage where we worked out a lot of the finer points of not only the script, but locking down the aesthetic for our film because we wanted to be somewhat ambitious and mix in rotoscoped animation with live action footage, to bring drawings our lead character was drawing to life on screen. We had an actress drop out less than a month before shooting began which really hurt us as we were struggling at the time to get clearance to use equipment over winter break from classes because that was the best time for us to lock down our location in New York City and give us maximum time to work out editing kinks brought on by mixing different frame rates from the animation, rotoscoping, green screening, and our horrible sound. (I am not envious of people who shoot in cities on location anymore) 

But it all came together for us in the end, and a film was born. We managed to get into the Blue & White Film Festival put on by the Student Film Organization at Penn State. (I was an officer but none of the officers had influence on the voting process, not every officer who was coincidentally working on different films got theirs in unfortunately.)

Anyway after all that now here I am, with degrees in Film/Video and History and looking for a job in the post college wasteland. Thankfully though Proper Steps got into a festival which brightened up my day immensely. Specifically the 8th Annual Teaneck International Film Festival! I'm super excited the film is finding life beyond college and people will be able to get to see the film! We were all really proud of the final cut and are going to keep sending it to places to hopefully get more plays

Here's a trailer for it and hope to maybe catch some of you people in New Jersey in November!

(I'd use an embed but it never seems to work for vimeo vids for me. If anyone knows how to make them work let me know, and i'd be grateful!)   read

5:07 PM on 02.17.2012

(My)Flix For Short: Water Souluble

[If you don't know me, I'm Anthony Wastella and I'm a Film Maker attending Penn State for a film/video degree.I've been around the ModernMethod Network for quite a while and hope to continue my stay]

So I am taking an experimental film class right now in college and we had to do some form of an animation. Everyone was basically doing stuff all over the board ranging from stop motion, to rotoscope, to light painting, and such. I chose to draw mine with the aid of photoshop and a wacom tablet.

Here's the story of a fish.


So It's a short piece that I felt I rushed through and in many ways I did. This is the 3rd idea I was working off of, and actually was able to progress with, giving me less than a week to piece it together. Crash coursing myself with Photoshop's interactions with my tablet, along with the animation process all together was the most time consuming part of the project, totaling in somewhere along the lines of 25ish hours all together I'd say more or less.

I likely went overboard with the first scene in terms of pacing it, really tough to gauge how fast it should be moving, (Framerate for the whole project was 12fps). The 2nd scene inside the coral I think was much better paced personally, and I had a lot more fun drawing it, also likely because it was moving on from the meticulous tweening I put myself through for the first to make the wagging tail movement.

I wanted to maybe have sound effects, or more like an actual bit of exposition originally, but instead went for repetition of a single line. I wanted to try and evoke the sense of something impending with the snowballing nature of the pacing. (Did I pull it off?) I kinda like how it came out in that regard. It's experimental in that you can interpret what the story is for yourself, but the basic logline for the short would be a fish goes on a journey to the stars in it's mind due to hallucinating from being boiled in a pot. I tried to make a funny punchline, and i would be lieing if I said i drew some inspiration for the idea's black comedy and animation style from Don Hertzfeldt, one of my favorite filmmakers.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed the short and my breakdown of it, I hope to keep doing these for my other shorts for a while if people want me to.   read

3:59 PM on 12.17.2010

Don Hertzfeldt's The Meaning Of Life. Free for 1 Week Only


3:44 PM on 11.09.2010

Paying Respect: Metropolis


8:49 PM on 10.28.2010

Movies I Made: touch


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