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An (unfortunate) driver witnesses what happens to a stag's spirit and body after it is struck by a car.
Artemis - 2016
Stop Motion
3:40
2016

In Artemis, an (unfortunate) driver witnesses what happens to a stag's spirit and body after it is struck by a car.

This short, experimental animation walks the hedges between Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, but primarily explores a polytheistic view of the rural American landscape. As Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Terry Pratchett's Small Gods both explore polytheism in mundane (yet highly dynamic) landscapes, I decided to explore one individual's experience of a Mystery. And this Mystery takes place along a road, like any other rural road in US, in an incident that repeats itself over a million times a year.

Replace-able puppet faces, heads, and hands were digitally modeled in Blender 3D and then printed in PLA on a ZYYX 3D printer. The bodies were cast in silicon from molds also printed on the ZYYX. I shot the stop motion with Dragonframe and post-production happened in After Effects, Photoshop, and Garageband.

Voices are by Jeff Murphy (Driver), David Smith (Ghost of Elvis), Tyler Smith (Apollo). The music featured in the work is “Beautiful Man” by Stephanie Fagan. (Music/Lyrics Copyright 2011, Stephanie Fagan, under License to Big Mavis, LCC. Sound recording Copyright 2011, Big Mavis, LLC.) This project was made possible by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the Blumenthal Endowment, and the Arts and Science Council of Mecklenberg county.

Finally, Artemis is currently under consideration for film and video festivals and not yet available on the web. Please contact the artist at heatherfreeman@uncc.edu if you would like to preview this work for a public screening.

For more of Stephanie Fagan's wonderful music, please visit StephanieFaganSings.com.

Artemis has appeared at the following festivals:

(Upcoming) Push! Film Festival. (Bristal TN/VA)
(Upcoming) New Jersey Film Festival (New Brunswick, NJ)
(Upcoming) Nightpiece Film Festival 2016 (Edinburph, United Kingdom)
Joedance (Charlotte, NC)
ASIFA-SOUTH RYO Animation Festival (Roswell, GA)
Marblehead Festival of Arts Short Film Festival (Marblehead, MA)
Brainwash Drive/Bike Walk-In (Oakland, CA)
Blue Plum Animation Festival (Johnson City, TN)
TrixXxieFest (Newfoundland, Canada)
Animation Attack! (Atlanta, GA)

An 10-second excerpt from can be viewed on Vimeo.