Film Fest

Forty-Eight Hour Sonnet

Last year, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival Blog started off with Bill Kendrick, Jessica Viens and myself posting over the course of the festival weekend.  This year, we’re starting the action a little earlier (and in a new home) with posts from filmmakers about the shorts you’ll be seeing at the festival.  I’ll get the ball rolling with some information about my own little movie.

Forty-Eight Hour Sonnet

Animation and Sound by Kathryn Hepburn

From: Dawson City, Yukon

The Inspiration:  The weekend before KIAC’s 48 Hour Film Competition, I took an animation workshop with our film festival’s fearless leader, Dan Sokolowski.  He gave me some great advice–“Don’t sneeze!”–and at the end of the weekend, I looked at the film I made and had to decide that the plastic stegosaurus definitely detracts from some rather lovely painting (see what I mean on YouTube).  So when I entered the competition, I decided to continue working with the paint-on-glass techniques that I loved from the previous weekend–this time around using children’s finger-paints and cheapie watercolours rather than dry tempera paint and water-soluble oils.  It was lots of fun to play with the finger-paints, and somehow I managed to do it without getting paint on the camera or my laptop.  The soundtrack for my Forty-Eight Hour Sonnet was borne of necessity–it was, at first, merely a solution to copyright issues.  It just somehow worked out better than I’d even imagined it, and the sound of my layered recitations of Shakespeare’s Sonnet #56 (recorded using the voice memo function on my iPod touch) still surprises me.  My lo-fi/high art mix was appreciated by the competition’s judges as well, and to my shock and delight I was co-winner of the competition, alongside Evan Rensch and Aubyn O’Grady’s wonderful Soft Spoken.

Links: My radio show, Meat & Potatoes, airs Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. Tune in on-line at CFYT.ca . Playlists and other random stuff at excess.mental.energy .

Forty-Eight Hour Sonnet
 will be showing at the Out of the Cold: Yukon Emerging Artists screening on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.
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