Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I found this the other day looking in the junk drawer for my blockbuster card, which, by the way, I couldn't find. I don't like those junk drawers, but I find most people have them in their kitchens. Anyway, this woman struck me as being distinctly Canadian (or British-but thats the same thing really-all letters from my Canadian blog readers can be directed to my home address), so I guess I must have done it while I was in Toronto on the subway or bus going to school. The other reason I say that is because, well, its dated January 2007, and I happened to be in Toronto at that time.
I went to see Idiots and Angels the other day at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film itself was perhaps Plympton's best. It was as good or better than So I Married A Strange Person. I went with no expectations of him being there, so I was amazed when I saw him standing right by the entrance to the theater at the Village East. I couldn't get up enough courage to talk to him the first time I saw him, being that he's a huge animation hero of mine and one of the main reasons I started animating. But after getting into the theater and finding our seats, Lisa got up to go grab some Junior Mints. When she got back she said, 'You should really go talk to him, he's just standing there, looking a bit tense' (probably hoping people would respond well to his new feature). So after five minutes of psyching myself up, I went down and looked for him. He was busy when I passed him by, so I made a loop around the theater. Then, luckily enough, on the way back, he was standing alone. I went up to him, completely flustered, and was able to mutter some nonsense about me being a huge fan and having loved his films for years and years, about him actually responding to an email I sent him, how was I animating now for a living in a studio in Brooklyn, etc. I was so nervous the whole time, he probably thought I was some kind of crazy person. But he was so down to earth and really responsive to all the fans. At the end of the short discussion, he drew me this sketch and signed it! It was a very cool night and I was really happy to meet one of my inspirations, and even happier to find out he was such a nice guy. And thanks to Lisa for making me go to do it. I don't know if I would have if she wasn't there.