In July, I invited my friend Wayne Montecalvo, a multi-media artist and musician based in Rosendale, New York, and Anne Gorrick, a poet based in Kingston, New York, to come into the studio and collaborate on an animation. It was my first time to meet Anne, though we had been Facebook friends. It was a purely experimental and improvisational project, with no expectation or plans. Animation was a great neutral ground which none of us was using as the major medium.
I asked them to bring any objects they may want to use. Wayne brought stacks of vintage photos he borrowed from a friend; Anne brought pages of her poems.
We began by playing around with the photos, gradually agreeing on tossing them into a pile while recording on time-lapse. We experimented with varying paces and angles; sorted and unsorted images; tried different tossing techniques.
Once we had a footage we liked, we recorded voice-overs on Wayne’s Zoom mic. We randomly read a sentence at a time from Anne’s poems. Wayne and myself, not familiar with Anne’s poems, or—in my case—working with spoken words, period, we were awkward at first. But in several takes, we got into a grove, and after a certain take, we all looked at each other and knew that it was a keeper. How did we know that? Hard to tell. We enjoyed feeling that it was good without knowing why.
We started at 10 in the morning and by 5 we had a finished video. We all added it to our portfolios and websites, where it will be available at the click of a mouse.
We encourage artists and creative people in all fields to give this idea a try. It is like going back to where it all started, making art for pure pleasure, with all your knowledge and experiences intact. We ask that you take either of our One Day Intensives or Intro Course first (unless you know how to use all of our hardware and software), then you can use our studio for $20 per day to work on your own or with friends, or if you need assistance, in project-based sessions.