Title

The Final Frontier

Author Information

Chris ValentineFollow

Description/Abstract

Artist Statement

The Final Frontier is an animated short utilizing screen-printing, laser cut woodblocks, image transfer and good ol’fashioned American Punk rock.

We are currently on the brink of unprecedented space exploration, and I believe it is important that we take care not to repeat any of the many atrocities made in our past colonial exploits.

The main character in this piece is extremely careless and self-involved. He comes ripping onto the scene causing destruction and death while claiming it is his destiny to do so. I drew a lot from my experience in the Navy with this project. All over the world the effects of American colonialism can be felt, and it is clear that a giant reason we go to war anywhere, is the acquisition of resources and the sale of armaments. I tried to touch on this with the piece.

I really like the way printmaking looks in animation. It is a medium not often utilized, and I believe it gives the cartoon an interesting look. As for the anaglyph 3D, it is a simple and antiquated technology that is suggestive of something high-tech. The main character fancies himself a man of the future, but still values life on the level of a feudal lord. I believe the red hat and old school 3D glasses are very telling of his personality.

The song is inspired by a lot of stoner rock, namely Fu-Manchu, and Annihilation Time. From the very start with the storyboarding phase, I worked with my partner writing the song. Let it be known now and for all time that Taylor Vertrees is a rock God. For me the cartoon is as much about the music as the animation, and great care was put into the making of both.

This cartoon is completely DIY, the only thing appropriated are the space backgrounds and planets which are images from NASA.

Presenting Author Name/s

Chris Valentine

Faculty Advisor

Elliot Jones

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Film Production | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Printmaking

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Start Date

February 2020

End Date

February 2020

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Feb 8th, 8:00 AM Feb 8th, 12:30 PM

The Final Frontier

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Artist Statement

The Final Frontier is an animated short utilizing screen-printing, laser cut woodblocks, image transfer and good ol’fashioned American Punk rock.

We are currently on the brink of unprecedented space exploration, and I believe it is important that we take care not to repeat any of the many atrocities made in our past colonial exploits.

The main character in this piece is extremely careless and self-involved. He comes ripping onto the scene causing destruction and death while claiming it is his destiny to do so. I drew a lot from my experience in the Navy with this project. All over the world the effects of American colonialism can be felt, and it is clear that a giant reason we go to war anywhere, is the acquisition of resources and the sale of armaments. I tried to touch on this with the piece.

I really like the way printmaking looks in animation. It is a medium not often utilized, and I believe it gives the cartoon an interesting look. As for the anaglyph 3D, it is a simple and antiquated technology that is suggestive of something high-tech. The main character fancies himself a man of the future, but still values life on the level of a feudal lord. I believe the red hat and old school 3D glasses are very telling of his personality.

The song is inspired by a lot of stoner rock, namely Fu-Manchu, and Annihilation Time. From the very start with the storyboarding phase, I worked with my partner writing the song. Let it be known now and for all time that Taylor Vertrees is a rock God. For me the cartoon is as much about the music as the animation, and great care was put into the making of both.

This cartoon is completely DIY, the only thing appropriated are the space backgrounds and planets which are images from NASA.