Old Rag Mountain (2017)

Summary

Deep within a forest, the paths of a boy, a bird, and a stone converge in a fragile incident of child curiosity.  Old Rag Mountain is a classical coming of age tale.  The child is in the past, unaware what it means to cause hurt.  The adult waits in the future, aware of actions and consequences, aware of his own mortality.  The boy learns he must confront his remorse and chooses to lay down his weapon.

The short combines multiple animation techniques all composited together.  Backgrounds were made with painted paper cut outs, the rock was rendered as a 3D object, and the bird was painted frame by frame.

I wanted to explore something very meaningful to me within this work, namely the environment, forests and mountains.  There was something special about being young and exploring woods on summer days and I hoped to capture some of that curiosity within the work.

Screenings

Orlando Film Festival, October 2017 (Orlando, FL)

Joinville International Short Film Festival, September 2017 (Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Progeny Short Film Festival, September 2017 (Blacksburg, VA)

Nevada City Film Festival, September 2017 (Nevada City, CA)

Maine Outdoor Film Festival, September 2017 (Belfast, ME)

Skyline Indie Film Fest, September 2017 (Winchester, VA)

Atlanta Underground Film Festival, August 2017 (Atlanta, GA)

Atlanta Shortsfest, August 2017 (Atlanta, GA)

Miami Independent Film FestivalJuly 2017 (Miami, FL)

Frostbite International Film Festival, May 2017 (Colorado Springs, CO)