Ova from Juliet Schneider on Vimeo.

director:  Juliet Schneider
music:  Charles Segal
title drawing: David Rosen
storyboard consultants:  Garabed Setrakian, David Rosen
animation assistants:  Chyle Crossley, Dorian Rose, David Rodal, David Rosen, Garabed Setrakian, Terra Friedrichs
co-editor: Garabed Setrakian

The story for Ova comes from a childhood experience of mine, attempting to incubate a wild bird egg.  Like a lot of my work, Ova evolved over a few years, enduring three studio moves and several intervening projects.  I started making sketches, notes and shadowbox assemblages relating to eggs around 1995.  I started building the set in summer of 2000, but the actual production took place mostly 2005-2007.  Ova had its world premiere at the 2008 Woods Hole Film Festival, and screened at the 2008 Northampton Film Festival.  Ova also screened at The Brattle Theatre on May 3rd, 2009 as part of the annual Mayfair Film Program, and at The Coolidge Corner Theatre from May 15th through June 30th, 2009 as part of a new program called “Shorts R Us”.  On July 9th and 12th, 2009, Ova screened at The Somerville Theatre as part of Reel Movement, and won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short.

Visit Ova’s IMDb page

Read a 2009 interview on Beanywood.

Title drawing by David Rosen

Below is a sampling of production stills, showing the set in various stages:

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And So On

And So On,  1997

An experiment in combining more than one type of motion. The first motion is that of the two dolls rolling the globe back and forth. The second motion is the building repetition of the image frame.



Embrace,  1996

This animation was made by capturing short video segments instead of stills.  It combines live-action movement of wind with stop-motion.

Neoscientific Dancer II

Neoscientific Dancer II,  1996

This is one of two animations made with the Red Set.  It was made by capturing short video sequences instead of stills.  It’s another simplistic attempt at combining character movement and background motion.