Monday, 21 April 2008

The Street Art Animation Project

I am working on a short animated film about street artists.

Over the years growing up in New York and traveling I have seen graffiti and street artists do really insane and crazy things to put up their respective art works. Covert operations and daring do type things like sneaking into a zoo to paint the animals(Banksy) to climbing drain pipes and towers to put up a piece.

One of the most memorable things I have ever seen was a full animated half a minute animated piece on the no. 6 train line between Longwood Ave. and Hunts Point in the Bronx when I was a kid. Let me explain why this was so spectacular and probably the most dangerous feat ever: Whoever the artist or artists were, they climbed into the subway tracks ,walked down the tunnel inbetween the 2 underground stops, and with some knowledge of how fast the express train travels they painted a scene(frame by frame) of a woman dancing with a man at exact points on the wall under the tunnel lights. The amazing affect was that when you were on the train going by if you happen to be looking out the window at the right time you would see this long really detail animation play in real time. Half a minute= 30 seconds at 30 drawings per second (larger than life size) =900 drawings!!!! I can't imagine how long that took standing in a dark scary rat infested tunnel and standing in a crawl space as trains passed by. Hats off to whoever they were. Primetoonz simply don't got that kinda gusto!!!

My little film is kind of a tribute to the idea of street art and those who make it.

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