"Dear Dad, Love Maria"

Monday, March 30, 2009

Animation Influence One: Don Hertzfeldt

I have been very influenced by Don Hertzfeldt. But not in a way most people would think, I don't really do crazy random humor, like his earlier work. While I really love those films, what I'm really influenced by The Meaning of Life and Everything Will Be OK. I would mention in there I Am so Proud of You, but I haven't watched it enough times yet and it's style is basically the same as the first chapter. I have been influenced by the atmosphere his films create. The beautiful sadness that surrounds his characters and scenes. The way Hertzfeldt percieves the world with this curiosity for finding the everyday and putting it in a different light has changed the way I percieve things as well. It gives his stories a reflective quality that makes everything in the world a little more beautiful, even if it is sad or strange. Everything Will Be OK was one of the main catalysts into creating Dear Dad, Love Maria which was originally going to be written and shown in a similar style to EWBOK. Now my film is very much more similar to The Meaning of Life, with my use of color. Either way, I really have a lot of respect for Hertzfeldt's work and his storytelling has influenced me and will continue to influence me for years to come.

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