The Esteemed Priority
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The Esteemed Priority is a short, animated film using silhouette puppets on a journey that shows the true meaning of love. Treatment: The Esteemed Priority is a short stop motion animated film using silhouettes paper cut puppets in the classic tradition of the filmmaker Lotte Reiniger. It’s a story as old as time but just as timely. In today’s world where the chaos of hate, prejudice, and racism is everywhere we ask the questions, “what is love? Is what we call love, really love? How do you know? Is there a means to measure or determine if we truly love something or someone?” Yes, there is a way, and this makes love – the priority of highest esteem. A man went on a journey….
I am now retired, and I am making animated films by myself because I love storytelling. I produced, wrote, directed, animated, and edited the entire film using my own money. As a graphic artist I already had the computer, software, and vinyl cutter. From my days as an animation instructor, I had all I needed to do stop motion animation. My grandchildren and a little boy from my neighborhood animated a few little scenes with me. Of all the types of animation I taught, the silhouette paper cut out puppet filmmaking has become my favorite. Lotte Reiniger created this type of animation and her film Prince Achmed for 1926 is still a wonderful film. In a way, I’m one of a few carrying on her legacy. If you would like I could possibly attend your festival and teach an animation workshop or set up somewhere and let attendees learn by doing. I’ve taught many classes and have demonstrated at some film festivals. I would only require travel, lodging, meals, and a stipend of your choice.