...as a 10th grader sitting in the 3rd row, this was one of the first concerts I had ever been to. It was also my first concert where I witnessed booing, shock, horror, and bewilderment. I’ve always enjoyed telling my story about seeing the Velvet Underground at their, in some minds, disastrous first public performance, so we’re making a short film about it (yes, it will include the part about the audience storming out in disbelief). Sincerely,
While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs, There She Goes, Venus in Furs, and Heroin. The Summit High School audience responded with, as one of the band recalled in 1983, a “murmur of surprise that greeted our appearance” that “increased to a roar of disbelief as we started to play" which"swelled to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment…” Half the audience walked out.
Using eyewitness accounts, we will put you there... in the middle of the first Velvet Underground concert. This short animated documentary film will combine hand-drawn and 2D computer animation techniques in a simple, graphic, and graffiti-like style (or zine-style) that reflects the texture of the period -- mid 1960's.
Whether you are a Velvet Underground fan, a Lou Reed fan, a fan of animation, or a fan of indie film, your contribution can help bring this rock and roll legend to life. Help us share this anomalous and fun story with the music loving world. Every dollar raised will go directly towards production costs.
Tony Jannelli (co-director/ writer/ producer + witness) Over his 30+ year career, Tony has worked as a cinematographer with such directors as Jonathan Demme and Martin Scorsese. When not filming, he is teaching at NYU’s Tisch Graduate School of Film. -http://imdb.to/1SICwwJ -http://gradfilm.tisch.nyu.edu/object/JanelliA.html
Robert Pietri (co-director/ writer/ designer/ fact checker + guardian angel) Robert was a designer/art director for some of the elite design firms of New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin, before attending NYU's Graduate Film program. His film work has received many grants and he has just finished SEMPER FIDEL, a feature film shot in Havana, Cuba. -https://www.behance.net/Pietri
Marina Donahue (producer/ co-writer/ social media manager/ proponent + apostle) A true cinephile, Marina has immersed herself in the world of filmmaking with gusto. She most recently is producer/co-writer on the soon to be released feature, All In Time. -http://imdb.to/1nYVnGt
Jonathan Cone (animator) Jonathan is a freelance animator and animation educator. He produces digital media for storytelling sequences, documentaries, product visualizations, as well as his own animated shorts. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Visual Communications at Cecil College. Most of his work consists of generating realistic 3D renderings but longs for the days of creating terrible drawings hidden by the fact they are moving through 2D animation.
Lee Terwilliger (animator) Lee is a freelance animator, educator, and beard enthusiast. With several award winning short films and two summers teaching animation at New York Film Academy's Summer Film Program held at Harvard University under his belt, Lee currently works as a full-time animator in Fisher-Price's "Viz Lab" and is an adjunct professor of animation at Villa Maria College. Although usually a Post-Production guy with a soft spot for 2D hand drawn and Stop Mo, he's just as proficient in 3D software and Graphic Design.
Pre-Production: Done -Interview + Research -Rough treatments, Revise and edit story -Finished screenplay -Production/Character design -Casting -Storyboards, additional changes -Workbook & Layout
Production: January – March 2016 -Dialogue recording -Backgrounds -Character Animations -Secondary Animations + Clean-up
Post-Production and completion: April 2016 -Effects -Music + Sound
Risks and challenges
As Lou Reed wrote, “I don’t know just where I’m going, but I’m gonna try for the kingdom, if I can.”
In this spirit, we are trying for the kingdom. This is a very conceptual film and the idea of an animated documentary is a lot for people to wrap their heads around. We hope that once the film is made that all of the fans that helped in the Kickstarter campaign will continue to lend their support and be strong advocates for this creative labor of love made by some very, very big fans of the Velvet Underground.
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