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Gertie Takes a Trip to the Moon and a Man Recycles
A Short Animation
Written and Directed by Demian

The Moon

A dinosaur hatches, then she disintegrates as a moon and stars are formed.
A flying space vehicle treks into the moon, and,
inside, an embryo evolves into an old man.
All this takes place within one-and-a-half minutes.

This animation is, in part, an homage to some of my early cinema favorites.

Gertie Takes a Trip to the Moon and a Man Recycles was started in the fall of 1971. I had received a filmmaking grant from Smith college, with which I made a film that was a demonstration of T’ai Chi by, and interview of, Master T.T. Liang. (This film is now available on my DVD entitled “Two by Demian.”)

Because I had come well under budget, I was also able to buy supplies for a frame-by-frame on paper animation.

At that time, I drew 400-odd drawings on paper, and attempted to capture them on color 8mm, and later on b/w 16mm. With both efforts there were camera problems, and I never got a satisfactory print. The soundtrack was a simultaneously-played audio tape with simple sitar droning and a group’s meditative chanting of “Ja-ray Ra-day, Ja-ray Ra-day, Govinda Ra-day …”

I liked the imagery, though not the technical aspects, which made it less than my aspiration. So, it remained largely hidden until some three decades years later when I made a new version of the movie. I digitally capturing the drawings — frame-by-frame — and placed them on the video edit program’s timeline with a four-frame default for each image.

I also made a new sound track by creating a tune via a music generating program, which I subsequently edited to fit the tempo and different sections. I maintained a snippet of the sitar drone and added squeaks, motor sounds, tinkle noise, and one short, digitally distorted, spoken (by me) sentence.

All of this effort may seem like a lot of work to go through for one minute of film. However, it is art, which make it worthwhile.

“Gertie” was finally completed in January 2001, so I can truly say that this 1½ minute animation was 30 years in the making.

This short is available — along with 20 more of Demian’s short films
and excerpts on “Demian’s Film & Video Projects” DVD.

These shorts represent more than 40 years of moving-picture artistic endeavors. This archive DVD includes 21 of Demian’s short films, and excerpts from larger projects.

More on this DVD’s contents: Demian’s Film & Video Projects

“Demian’s Film & Video Projects” DVD
is available from Amazon.com

This short is also available with other filmmaker’s
works on an Indie Club Compilation DVD.

Available DVDs
Click here for a list of DVDs produced by Demian.

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