Greyhound Blues

Made entirely by hand and animated without digital effects, “Greyhound Blues” explores themes of traveling and childhood while drawing from the visual mythology of 1950s roadside America — especially where it overlaps with the American Southwest — and the washed out, photocopied look of early science fiction zines. This impressionistic short combines pen-and-ink and watercolor, paint-on-glass direct animation, and completely abstract experimental animation with stop-motion animated paper collage featuring hundreds of cut-outs from vintage magazines, encyclopedias, and repair manuals.

Director/Animator: Dave Merson Hess
Producers: Aris Blevins, Dominic Ciccodicola, Dave Merson Hess
Production Artist/Craft Services: Rachel Borengasser
Department of Pizza & Cutting Stuff Out: Rudy Oblivion, Janine Waranowicz, Lara Maksymonko, Jason Perez
Cactus Photography: Kaylan Tannahill
Blacktop Poetry Specialist: Ash Kramer
Special Thanks: Jeromy Barber, Aris Blevins & Ashley Russell at Team A, Dom Ciccodicola, Aaron Kyle, Jimmy Fusil, Kelly Gallagher, Dax Norman, Billy Parker, Justin Taber, Drifter Pictures, Penny Lane, Robert Lyon, George Griffin, Daniel Robin, Adam Parrish King, Best Friends Gang, Beta Theater, Aurora Picture Show, Double Trouble, The Dilley Family, Joyce “The Baby Beat” Manassa, Phil Smaller & Magda Grant.

Screenings

Animation Block Party 2015
Cutout Fest 2015
Cucalorus Film Festival 2015
Animasyros 2015
Anibar Animation Festival 2015
Altered Aesthetics 2015
Y’allywood 2015
AVANCA Trailer in Motion 2015
I.N.S.A.N.E. Animation Festival 2015
FARCUME 2015
Rock ‘n’ Roll Film Fest, Kenya 2015
Southeastern International 2015
Tuzla Future Generation Shorts 2015
Locomoción Festival of Experimental Animation 2016
ZOOM Zblizenia 2016
Cinema on the Bayou 2016
Festival Internazionale del Cinema d’Arte 2016
Lublin Film Festival 2017
“Greyhound Blues” Record/Video Release Show (film synced to live music performance), Downtown Independent 2015

Press

“Geronimo Getty turned their new album, ‘Greyhound Blues’, into 10 Brilliant Short Films”, Bluegrass Situation

Process

At the suggestion of producer Aris Blevins, I used a then-private Pinterest board for brainstorming during preproduction. From November 2014 until the end of production, I also posted various animation tests and behind-the-scenes photos on a now-deleted process Tumblr, excerpted below.