Indie's are great because
they get produced under the radar and become art pieces in themselves,
showing in art house film festivals or in a private DVD or video
collections. They can be pushed past comfort levels, completely sidestepping
the needs of commerce. This is where the real ground breaking work
is done. Without corporate development people dictating what is “good”.
Although great work can still be done within the network studio structure,
independent animated film remains in integral part of the development
of the medium.
|A gratuitous shot of John Lasseter giving
Student Academy Award for my first film
“The Chore” In 1989.
Oscar © AMPAS
Out of all of my artistic projects, I would have to
say that the most
gratifying to date, would be the making
of my 3rd Independent film "My
Dog Zero". I feel it's due to the
sheer stubbornness in getting it made over all obstacles, lack of
money, resources etc. When you are an independent filmmaker, you
think the best thing would be to have mountains of money at your
disposal. But I learned so much, and met so many incredible people
because I didn’t have much money. The small grant I did get, I spent
on feeding a painting crew of mostly college students on 12 weekends
to cel paint the film. When I finally finished the film, my usual
distributors were not interested in it. So I showed up at one of
their festivals at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco with
my film tucked under my arm, and persuaded them to show it to their
audience along with their other films. They relented and the film
got a good response. They picked it up for distribution shortly after.
And it was that film that Linda Simensky saw which led me to Rocko.