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Animation Spotlight on Anton Bogaty

September 10th, 2009

This week’s animation spotlight with Anton Bogaty is pretty sweet. Below is a brief Q & A about the films in this episode.

To read more about Anton, check out his past CF interviews here and here.

Channel Frederator: In the episode you say that “Dee” was a song inspired by the singer’s relationship with his grandmother. Can you elaborate on your process - how that information lead to a giant floating robot full of zombies?

Anton Bogaty: I squandered a lot of the time that I had to work on the video by jumping between several animatics, trying to decide which storyline to go with. Daniel Harmann mentioned how the song was inspired by the passing of his grandmother and I had three different animatics that involved the deterioation of and eventual passing of a grandparent. The storyline of the girl chasing down a floating craft of some sort was an old idea that I had been wanting to do for awhile and an idea that I thought I could pull off more successfully than the others within the time constraints.

Originally the craft didn’t have any particular ties with her family; it was just going to be a floating junk heap filled with antique technology that would be considered useless to today’s high-tech crowd. Eventually the idea that the craft was built by her father, and her father was killed on it slipped into the timeline. I tried to avoid zombies but it seemed to fit at the moment so I just went with it. I’m a bit of a fan of European zombie films from the late 70s/early 80s but the subject of zombies has just literally been beaten to death in recent years. I guess it was my one chance to have a small zombie moment so I just quickly dabbed it in there and moved on.

CF: What gave you the idea for “Under the Noodle” and why did you use “audience reactions”?

AB: Just the idea of someone happily eating and oblivious to something strange going on in front of him was the catalyst for Noodle. Trying to pull off an idea that was short and odd. And Ollie Glatzer, who provided all of the sound and music, added in the audience reactions. Fun stuff…

CF: Your characters are often caught in nightmarish worlds, be it real or a hallucination. What is so attractive about the dark side? Will we ever see a unicorn in an Anton Bogaty film?

AB: I don’t know. I don’t think anything I’ve done really fits in the ‘dark side’ catagory. And it scares me to hear my work might. If anything, I only like to add a gritty unwholesomeness to my animations. I enjoy adding dirt and shadows to scenes as opposed to rendering anything clear and bright and perfect. I like to think a viewer can learn more from a hopeless individual trying to pull him/herself out of an ugly situation as opposed to a pop culture comic book hero shooting or punching their way through world-conquring enemies. Does that answer the first question? And, yes, i actually started a short film a couple years ago about a unicorn. It’s a black and white one-minute film that opens with a head floating down a river. As usual, I just need more time to finish it.

Check out Anton’s episode below featuring “Dee”, “Manning”, “Under the Noodle”, and “Nothing Personal”.

-Bailee DesRocher

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