The Charlotte’s Web Experience

With the help of an assistant, I’ve recently completed the prop and set design for a current production of Charlotte’s Web set on the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village. Follow the link for more info, showtimes, and tickets: The Charlotte’s Web Experience at OSV.

Here’s a gallery of production stills:

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Garfunkel

In February of 2018 I did the production design for a short film called Garfunkel.  I will post a further update when the film is released, but for now, here is a gallery of behind the scenes production stills:

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Bjorn

Bjorn (2015) is a short film by Director/Producer Theodore Cormey of LostJockeyProductions.  I was the Production Designer on this project.  Bjorn had a sneak preview screening at the 2016 SENE Film Festival at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. Synopsis: “Bjorn has been with the college sketch comedy show for ages. And every week, at every writers’ meeting, he’s back at the podium, pitching his high-concepts to good cheer but little avail. Until one week…”  Stay tuned for updates on the official DVD release!

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Strange Harvest

In 2015, I created a set for Witchworks Films’ short film, Strange Harvest.  The film is “a minimalist foray deep into existential horror, with two actors and a single location.” Strange Harvest played at 17 film festivals in 2017, winning several awards and nominations. Visit Director Stee McMorris’ Patreon for more info on her projects.

 A production still from Strange Harvest, featuring actors Harry Phan and Sophia Koevary.

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Character sketch

Option (working title)


(above) production still from “Option” (working title)

Making some progress on a mixed-media animation about the experience of losing a house at the start of the housing market crash of 2008.  This animation combines both stop-motion and scanned sketchbook drawings animated with After Effects.  The existing stop-motion portion was shot in 2012-13.  A new stop-motion portion is being shot in 2016.  The drawings in this project were created over a 4 year period (2011-2014), in one sketchbook.

Character sketch

This is a motion test created by duplicating characters and background sections from the original sketchbook drawing shown above.

 

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Misadventures of a Symbiote

A series of four collaborative animations by Iridium Productions, Empire S.N.A.F.U. Restoration Project, and Setravision.  The series premiered at the 13th Annual Boston Underground Film Festival.  Previously, the animations were shown as part of the Empire S.N.A.F.U. Restoration Project installation at the Mobius ArtRages Benefit, and the 2010 Reelfest, at The Somerville Theatre.

This is a re-creation of an animation originally created by the homeless visionary known as “S.N.A.F.U”.  Though S.N.A.F.U’s original films are missing, presumed destroyed, the articulated model of the Symbiote and many of the other oddities seen in the film, are the original relics assembled by S.N.A.F.U.  In the years since S.N.A.F.U’s death, The Empire S.N.A.F.U Restoration Project has labored in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations to bring S.N.A.F.U.’s legacy to the public.

These Symbiote animations were staged, shot, and edited at the Iridium Productions studio.  Several objects and the projected artworks were employed from Juliet Schneider’s collection.

Setravision was formed in 1999 by  multimedia artist, designer and instructor Garabed Setrakian. In addition to his integral role as animator, technical consultant & post-production wizard, Garabed created the Symbiote title sigil.

Music on Parts 3 & 4 is by Birdorgan.

Second Unit Video is by Ronny Preciado.


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Arrival

Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling is a Boston duo comprised of Sophia Cacciola (drums/vocals), and Michael J. Epstein (bass).  The band’s creative inspirations are modeled after the 1960’s British television series, “The Prisoner”.  The “Arrival” music video is a shot by shot re-creation of the TV series intro sequence.  Working with Director, Theodore Cormey of Lost Jockey Productions, Sophia and Michael have spent two years bringing this project to completion.  I joined the project about a year ago, eager to take on such a fantastic challenge from a production design perspective, with a limited budget and a mad dash to the finish line.  I couldn’t have done it without the talents of a superb roster of artists who worked tirelessly to create many of the video’s best effects.  More info on “Arrival”, including full credits and behind the scenes video and photos!

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All The Bulbous Accidents

All the Bulbous Accidents from Juliet Schneider on Vimeo.

title graphics Featuring the track “Unentranscended“, by Turkish Queen. Based on the poem: All The Bulbous Accidents, by Sarah Pearlstein, 2004 Ingrid cuts onions like they’re from Saturn. They turn into miniature rings, the core bitter Broit mit pitter*, no, she eats onion bits She likes the tang, like alien blood, She broods about her yellowed fingers, She is the flower of a pest of a sun; It persists in shining into The basement revealing sleep, A dreamer’s nest. Sleep is not dark, it is nothing like the wounded moon Either, it is Technicolor wonders about Travel and Blue glass natural vases, Held with green rope, swaying slowly On the White terra cotta node of an Obtrusive wall, So delicate next to it, African violets growing slowly Within the cobalt bowl, Or it is the nutrient sprinkled white earth in that same bowl making The flower grow, And smells like all It will grow, Terrifying poor Ingrid With all its’ useful ways. She fears being planted, Due to the bulbous accidents Which are grown So many layers down.   *Bread with butter.

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Ova

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.

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Title drawing by David Rosen

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

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