It is with much sniffling and sorrow that the Channel Frederator Awards bid you adieu. We leave you with one of our top awards - the Producers’ choice award. This year, we had so many wonderful films eligible and our producer’s top choice was hotly debated. Eventually the CF team managed to narrow it down to Sub! by Jesse Schmal!
I’ll leave you with the thoughts that the great and powerful Eric Homan, President of Programming for Channel Frederator, had to say about both Jesse and his film.
Back when Jesse Schmal’s epic Rhode Island School of Design film, “Sub!’, picked up Channel Frederator Cartoon of the Month honors, we asked the filmmaker about the genesis of the piece:
“The idea was made from lifting several characters and props from the sketchbooks I made during a year in Rome for school. I’m very insecure and inexperienced when it comes to writing anything resembling a script, so I basically took the characters I thought I’d have the most fun drawing and put them all in one place. The submarine being little and coming out of the fountain….hmm….I think I had a submarine drawing that turned into a moth or something. Moths are small, right? Right. I know, weird. But then the mini-submarine became this link between all the characters, and I figured out what each character would do with the submarine to get themselves out of the jam they start off in (dog won’t eat, no whistle to start the soccer match, woman won’t accept the dude’s advance, etc.) It was kind of like assembling a puzzle. It was pretty much my first foray into storyboarding, and since that’s what I do for a living now, I guess I get a kick out of it and prefer to figure out sequences of events that way, over writing them down.”
Those of us here at Channel Frederator, in hearty agreement, are pleased to award “Sub!” and Jesse Schmal with this year’s Producers’ Choice prize. It’s totally got the goods – the short’s weird, funny, and sad, and then weird again. The design is awesome and, of course, you can never go wrong with a boisterous sailors’ tune. Thanks for such a cool cartoon, Jesse.
Thanks to everyone - nominees, winners, filmmakers, Freddies staff, and of course, all of our viewers! See you next year! - Carrie