Asphalt Watches is a collaborative feature-length epic Flash animation by Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman. Mutants of the glowing racetrack ...on a raft surrounded by death... cross the threshold of safety and into the void of the unknown... This is a true story cross-Canada hitchhiking road trip that we did together. We have completed the first half, about 45 minutes, and need your help to finish the second half, the last 45 minutes!
Asphalt Watches is a true adventure story: in 2000, we hitchhiked across Canada together. The animation captures our crazy journey, full of hilarious and amazing encounters. Using music and songs we make ourselves, alongside hand-drawn Flash animation, we tell the tale of making our way from a 7-11 near Chilliwack BC where a guy was hanging out with a knife in his belly... to meeting one of only "two real Santas" in the world outside Calgary... to barely escaping death near Regina SK. Our style is to turn real-life characters and settings into funny and poetic abstractions that depict the feeling and essence of what happened.
Sample original paintings in acrylic ink of scenes from the animation
We have shown excerpts from the first half of Asphalt Watches to lots of excited audiences who want to see the rest. Some kuny-sacks have described it as “the next generation’s Log Driver’s Waltz” and "a wise picaresque journey - full of richly inventive characters… and gloriously implausible situations.” It toured as part of Hooliganship's Cartunez Express all over the United States and we've shown excerpts at Tokyo Wondersite, in an installation that included actual photos from the road trip. Once we have completed the animation we look forward to showing it at festivals, theatres and galleries near you.
WHAT WE NEED
We are asking for 9999 frog skins so that we can work intensively and finish the animation in the next 6 months! We draw the scenes by hand using Wacom tablets and then we animate it in Flash. We create musical soundscapes that incorporate sound effects and dialogue. Songs we write illustrate elements of the story. We will also hire some friends, family and people with weird voices to provide the voices of the characters.
The first half of Asphalt Watches was produced over a total of 5 months between 2006-2009. This is because up until 2010, we lived on opposite sides of Canada: Shayne lived in Vancouver and Seth lived in Toronto. The work on the animation was completed in short bursts, mostly at residencies we did together. Shayne moved to Toronto last year and we now have the rare opportunity to work together for an uninterrupted period of 6 months before he moves away again to Thunder Bay! Our work is intensely collaborative, so it is important that we are physically in the same place.
9999 frog skins will also help us get a few tools like a pair of half-decent head phones, an amplifier that doesn't buzz, a hard drive that doesn't eject itself every 5 minutes, and two monitors.
Airbrushed car hoods and photo from trip
WHO ARE THESE KUNY-SACKS
Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman are both accomplished visual artists who work in wide range of mediums, including self-published zines, comics, music, painting, airbrushing, sculpture, printmaking, collage, graffiti and poetry. Our individual and collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Other people who have contributed to this project include Erin Zimerman, Marc Bell, Robin Fry, Maura Doyle, Mike Constable and more...
Check out more photos of rewards we are offering and other artwork on our blog: http://asphaltwatches.blogspot.com