Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail
A Strange Object is a brand-new, women-run press based in Austin, Texas. Their first title, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce, is a collection of peculiar, elegant, Murakami-esque stories that publishes on October 1st. Magical independent bookstore, BookPeople, raved about the animated trailer: “When book trailers are art, they look like this.” Watch the trailer for yourself, and then read on for a peek behind the scenes from the trailer’s animator and the author.
“Kelly and I met at the MacDowell Colony during the Great Ice Storm of ’08. A week without power in rural New Hampshire lays a good foundation for friendship. We’ve kept in touch over the years as we have both travelled and continued creating. When I heard Kelly was publishing her first collection, I absolutely wanted to be involved.
Kelly’s prose evokes some strong pictures in my mind and I knew immediately which passages would animate well. The visual impact of the cover art by Yuko Shimizu really impressed me as well, so that became the starting point for the rest of the trailer. I wanted to keep the flavor contemporary Japanese woodcuts without becoming cliche. Sand animation is a specialty of mine and it seemed the perfect way to add an otherworldly texture to the traditional style of the piece.
I animate the sand with my hands and various brushes on a glass lightbox and record each individual frame with a digital camera. Then I can composite the frames over the drawings. The sand has a fluid, magical way of moving that resonates with the atmosphere of Kelly’s collection so it became a potent combination.”
“I love, love this trailer, and can take zero credit for it. Corrie came up with most everything: the concept of using my voice over scenes from different stories in the book, the incredible sand-and-drawing animation, the visual style. All I did was send her a galley of the book, along with Yuko Shimizu’s incredible cover art. A few weeks later, she came back with a draft that was pitch-perfect in tone, and so visually engaging that I almost forgot I was listening to (cringe) my own voice. In Obscura (Ian Varley) added the music, which complements the atmosphere of Corrie’s visuals extremely well.”
Learn more and order your copy of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail here.
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