Yellow Sticky Notes.

2009 August 13 § Leave a comment

Yellow Sticky Notes
Jeff Chiba Stearn

Now, one event I’ve enjoyed attending and, in more recent years, volunteering at is our local Asian Film Festival. One program I absolutely love is animated shorts program; one of my aims is to be able to work in the animation world, someday, or in a studio that produces such works. I also feel that animated shorts are a short, but beautiful expression of creativity, with messages that can be simple and profound, but no less than what you might get from reading a classic novel, or watching a movie.

The program at our festival (it is an Asian film festival, after all) includes shorts directed and created by Asian-American filmmakers. Last year (2008), the director of the festival and others who attended noted that the program of shorts was the best in years. This was one of my favorites.

It has a beautiful score, which is one of the reasons I liked it. However, the mundaneness of the subject itself (sticky notes!) has, with Stearn’s creativity and simplicity, turned into something that is six minutes of mesmerization – I remember not being able to look away once this animation showed up on the big screen.

About ‘Yellow Sticky Notes’:

After realizing that yellow sticky note “to do” lists were consuming his life, animation filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns decided to visually self-reflect on his filmmaking journey by animating on the same sticky notes that caused him to ignore major world events for the last nine years. Animation meditation is blended with image, text, and an original musical score by Genevieve Vincent through the creation of a classically animated experimental film that was drawn straight ahead with only a black ink pen on over 2300 yellow sticky notes.

About Jeff Chiba Stearn, from his blog and YouTube profile:

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an award-winning Canadian independent animation filmmaker, writer and illustrator, born in Kelowna, BC. His film work incorporates various techniques – animation, documentary, and experimental.

Born in Kelowna, BC, of Japanese and European heritage, he graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a degree in Film Animation (2001). Soon after, he founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. specializing in the creation of animated, documentary, and experimental films aimed at both children and adults that combine different philosophical and social elements together to create humorous inspiring stories.

His short animated films have screened at film festivals around the world and have been broadcast in Canada by the CBC. In 2005, he completed the award-winning classically animated film, “What Are You Anyways?”, an exploration of his life growing up half-Japanese and half-Caucasian in a small Canadian city. After making the film, he has become an international spokesperson for mixed-race identity. The film has screened at over 40 international film festivals and won 7 awards including the award for Best Animated Short Subject at the CAEAA’s.

His 2007 animation Yellow Sticky Notes won the Prix du Public at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival along with 8 other awards. He has also written articles for national publications and lectured around the world at conferences and universities about mixed-race identity, cultural awareness, animation process, and Hapa issues.

Link: Meditating Bunny Studio

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