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Talkin’ with Trevor Jones

April 12th, 2010

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You have 48 hours to create a short film, top to bottom. What do you do? Why, make a music video about a tokin’ Sasquatch. Doy. This week on Cartoon Hangover we’re featuring “Talkin’ Sasquatch Blues” created at the 2009 CalArts 48 hour film festival by Trevor Jones featuring music by Ten Mile Tide. Below, Trevor tells us more about the ‘toon, but most importantly, decides the winner in a Yeti vs. Sasquatch scenario.

Cartoon Hangover: Where did you study animation?

Trevor Jones: I’m in my second year at Calarts, but I studied a bit at my community college in Albuquerque and at my high school’s Career Enrichment Center before that.

CH: Who are your favorite artists?

TJ: I like a lot of artist.s I like Teddy Newton, Lou Romano, Shane Prigmore, and Shannon Tindle. Lori D’s stuff is pretty cool. But I also take a lot of inspiration from the amazing talent I see every day at my school.

CH: What gave you the idea for “Talkin’ Sasquatch Blues”? Do you know “Ten Mile Tide” personally, or are you a fan of their music?

TJ: I really wanted to do a music video. I heard “Talkin’ Sasquatch Blues” on Pandora. I loved the song. It had a really interesting and funny story. I thought to myself, ‘Hey, that would be fun to animate’.

I didn’t know much about the band at that point but a couple weeks after I put the video on YouTube one of the band members contacted me on FaceBook. He wrote me a message saying “Trevor, My name is Jeff and I play bass in the band Ten Mile Tide. I just saw the video you made for Talkin Sasquatch Blues and we are going to sue the pants off you… JK.” It scared the crap out of me. But the band seemed to really like the video because it is on the front page of there website now.

CH: What was is like trying to crank the film out in 48 Hours?!

TJ: It was a great experience. You don’t have a lot of time to second guess yourself you just have to make a decision and stick with it.

CH: Are you working on anything new you can tell us about?

TJ: I am actually in the final crunch for my end of the year film. It is also about a Sasquatch but this time he’s not smoking weed. It’s a story told like a Native American legend about why the Sasquatch has to hide from humans. I have Russell Means as the narrator. It’s looking really cool so far. I can’t wait to show it to everyone.

CH: Favorite drink?

TJ: COFFEE!!!!!!!!

CH: Favorite swear?

TJ: Criminently– it just sounds funny.

CH: Agreed! Who would win in a fight - drunk Yeti or smokin’ Sasquatch?

TJ: That is tough. The Sasquatch would probably be to busy eating Cheetos. Plus when was the last time you saw a stoner pick a fight? The Yeti, I imagine, would probably be a sad drunk. I mean he is a lonely guy. Sure he may act angry but underneath there is a soft gooey interior that just wants to be loved. He would start to pick the fight but then slowly fall to the floor, talk about his feelings, curl up and fall to sleep. I think I have to give the win to the Sasquatch just because he’s the one still conscious.

CH: Sasquatch:1, Yeti: 0. Thanks for the interview, Trevor.

You can check out “Talkin’ Sasquatch Blues” right here on Cartoon Hangover!

-Bailee DesRocher

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