Madhouse Mitchel was my second major short film, immediately following the making of The Counting Man. Begun when I was sixteen, due the detailed drawings, the film took two and a half years to make.
When I began production, I viewed Madhouse Mitchel as a sort of small scale rebellious antidote to popular formula. The basic narrative style pays homage to my interest in Japanese avant garde cinema, and the art has hints of my early memories of the Russian animation I was attracted to as a child. It has a certain organic, traditional element which in this film clashes against the grotesque, mutated industrial scenery in which the characters reside. The way things move also makes reference both to the kamishibai storytelling art form and the earlier limited animation that would be utilized in shows like Devilman. It’s largely a comic in film form which also makes reference back to kamishibai, a form of Japanese street theater that focuses on drawn images and narration to tell a story.
Astroy Bo II, The Super Detective & Doctor Chicken Mystery Hour, 2016.
Running time: 9 minutes and 54 seconds.
Synopsis: A deeply nihilistic half-chicken scientist and his dimwitted detective sidekick quest to find Daniel’s Room, an Area 51 type location where are hidden the 8th through 11th Wonders of the World. Second installment.
Astroy Bo II was selected to be in the first Tromanimation Film Festival, held Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at the 13 Saloon in Brooklyn.
Astroy Bo I, 2015
Running time: 6 minutes and 41 seconds.
Synopsis: A deeply nihilistic half-chicken scientist and his dimwitted detective sidekick quest to find Daniel’s Room, an Area 51 type location where are hidden the 8th through 11th Wonders of the World. First installment.