Behind the Scenes – Animation

Animation Production kicked off at the beginning of January with a dear friend of the production coming in from Los Angeles, Winn O’Brien

Having known and worked with Winn since college I knew he was the perfect guy to get 45RPM’s animation production started off on the right foot.

We planned sequences, troubleshooted problems, and jumped in to creating several scenes using pixelation, stop motion, paint on glass, rotoscoping, and digital effects.

It was Winn’s first trip to Arkansas and he seemed embrace the culture of fish frys, camo, and heavy accents. He also tried his first hushpuppy!

Thanks for all your help Winn & best of luck for your upcoming move to Canada.

-Juli Jackson





Summer Vacation Animation

45 RPM’s own Kandi Cook recently made this fantastic stopmotion of her family’s beach vacation. Goodbye boring family videos and 100s of lame pictures of family members trying to avoid the camera. Documentary animation is the way to go! Amazing song by Wavves too.

Kandi Cook will be contributing photography and production design elements to the film. And after seeing this, I want a behind-the-scenes stopmotion too! We love her!

“Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” – Memphis Screening


Thanks to Indie Memphis and The Brooks Museum, I had the opportunity to catch a screening of Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then – A very unique feature film based on the unbelievable but true story of Leonard Wood, a Kentucky hardware clerk, who built a crazy “healing” house for his wife, Mary, in an attempt to appeal to God to save her from cancer.

The film’s creator Brent Green used this man’s own design to recreate a full-scale version of the handmade house in his own backyard where the entire film was shot. A beautiful and eerie mix animation, stopmotion, and live-action, the film was screened with a live musical accompaniment  featuring the director’s own narration and the talents of Donna K, musician Brendan Canty and the indie-cabaret group The Bitter Tears.

I was sold when I walked into the room and saw a theremin, but the live soundtrack really did made this a knock-out performance. I would have stayed for the 2nd screening if possible. An emotionally haunting story, fantastically compelling visuals, and an other-worldly live score… It even had a stopmotion car crash!

This event made a huge impression on me. This might be the first time I have experienced filmmaking that is considered experimental but tells a clearly narrative story that is gripping in a completely new and unconventional way.  I don’t want it to be the last either.

Check out the Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then Blog

Production Day at Headquarters

On Saturday my production space was a-buzz with activity.  With some fantastic help from Kandi Cook & Mandy Maxwell, I managed to shoot a lot of great content including animation, still photos, driving shots, and other timelapse footage for 45 RPM’s upcoming fund-raising video.  I decided to setup a webcam timelapse in the main room to document some of our efforts.  This video is about 9 hours of our day compressed into 6 minutes.

The songs “Black Forest” and “Lil Jimmy Swing” were graciously provided by the Fayetteville-based band, Voyageurs, off of their album Alien Iverson. Find more of their music here.

Thank you to everyone involved. It was a very productive day!