Dusty Studio Demoreel, 2012
Dusty Studio is animation design and production house specializing in a pastel on slate technique, also called chalkboard animation. Current projects include the "Condoms as Evidence" campaign for the Open Society Foundation and "Debt" for Longshot Magazine. In-house projects include the "Animation Hotline" which is an ongoing series of micro-animations based on crowd-sourced voicemail messages.
Animation, Film, Motion Graphics
Prayers for Peace
Prayers for Peace is a narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of the artist's younger brother killed in the current conflict in Iraq. Four years have passed since his brother was killed when an IED was detonated beneath his diesel tanker while on a convoy to the active combat area of Fallujah. In this animation the writer/animator stops to think about who his brother was, how he identified him, as well as work through issues of guilt for not thinking about him as often as he feels that maybe he should. The piece reflects back on the days of the funeral and tries to recall what those days were like for him and his family. An introspective journey, through the heart and soul of a difficult experience, the artist's conclusion proves very different from his original hypothesis.
Drawn using pastels on a slate chalkboard, the entire film is shot in two continuous scenes, with the current image drawn directly on top of the previous, leaving the memory of the previous drawings to continue into the present. Much of the footage was borrowed directly from images off of the soldier's laptop that was returned to the family. Also taken off of the laptop was an audio file recorded in the active combat area of Najaf, where the young man expresses his feelings on the experience.
Animation, Art Direction, Storytelling
Condoms as Evidence for Open Society Foundation
Sex workers from Kenya, Russia, South Africa, United States, and Zimbabwe talk about what it means when police confiscate or destroy their condoms. They call on police worldwide to "stop taking our condoms." Learn more at www.soros.org/health/criminalizing-condoms.
Produced by Paul Silva/Open Society Foundations
Audio and editing by Rob Rosenthal for the Open Society Foundations
Producer: Peter Barg
Director: Dustin Grella
Animators: Makiko Fukaya, Chu Chi Lin, Jake Friedman, Melissa Tanzer
Music: Selva de Mar/Whatabout Music
Animation, Illustration, Storyboarding
Animation Hotline: Toothfairy
Animation Hotline is a series of micro-animations that use crowd-sources telephone voicemail messages for content.
Animation, Storyboarding, Storytelling