Exploring visual ideas
"I started nearly three years ago by taking notes and exploring visual ideas. Then, I wrote the script (an original story) later in my Hudson Valley studio, New York. A writer and theatre director reviewed the document and offered edits and suggestions. I made adjustments after watching an early cut. It took four drafts to get it final.
After that, I collected my doodles, sketches and came up with a large storyboard with captions. Once the flow of the scenes felt right, I wrote the dialogues and completed the script. When it was time to cast, we were deep into the covid-lockdown. It was not possible to meet with people and discuss the project in any depth further with them.
Luckily, my animated film Spell does not have much dialogue, and I only needed voice recordings. My goal was to compile a diverse range of tones and energies. I contacted people in my network who would be the best fit for each character. Only one professional actor was involved. All participants brought something special to their performances. I had estimated that the design and animation would require eight months of work. It took approximately ten. The film was self-produced."