Supernova Competition 2020 Honorable Mention
The film is a period piece which shows the sunny side of the 60s through the eyes of a local Sunshine Pop band who have songs on the radio, but have never broken out of the local scene. This starts out as a "day in the life" view of the band as they prepare for the biggest day of their career (a nationally televised gig at their local fairgrounds). Their carefree antics gradually become overshadowed by the Music Elitists, who are the worst parts of the 1970s personified and will take any measure to rid the world of all things "groovy". They creep in simultaneously with a literal approaching storm, at first being comically menacing, but giving a more frightening undertone as the film progresses.
I am a professional graphic designer with a passion for animating. I am the creator of animated "groovy era" band Apology None. I write and perform the fictitious band's music as well as produce, direct, draw and animate the episodes and films. Using my stage persona Terry Summer (the front man of Apology None), I am part of a comedy podcast show called "The Wrong Channel" and host an iradio show called the "Apology None Fun Hour". I have also made animated music videos for other bands.Outside of animating I enjoy local theater, helping with indie films in my community and creating fantasy based creature costumes.
I wrote this as a life project. It includes people and places that bring me back to my childhood, I also included few singers and actors from the 60s/70s, as well as more personal heroes. It also contains situations that happened to me in real life, like the sail boat race conversation and the taxi scene.
A very special moment in the production of this film was reuniting the Marshall family from the 1974 TV series Land of the Lost. The appearance of Spencer Milligan (Rick Marshall) was a once in a lifetime encounter and it warms my heart to see them in a scene together (possibly the first time since he left the show in 1977). I was able to be my cartoon self (Terry Summer) and live in a beautiful mid-century animated world for the three years it took to produce this. It was the grooviest time of my life!