Animateka’s 11: Tess Martin
Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her films have displayed in galleries as well as at festivals worldwide. She is a member of SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team, a collective of independent animators, and curates touring programs and animation events.
1. How would you describe Animateka in three words?
Igor, independent, animation.
2. Describe your ideal movie night.
I don't really watch a ton of movies anymore. I tend to watch more long form television series. So, right now a movie night would mean watching two episodes of the Wire with my housemates. If we're doing movie night, it would probably be a Michel Gondry film, with some wine.
3. If you could invite any person for a cup of coffee, who would you choose?
4. Favourite female director?
Lynn Shelton. She's a Seattle director, who just did a film called Laggies in America, but it was called Say When in England, with Keira Knightley. And a lot of her movies are very laid back and almost improvisational, so it would be her stuff. Well, if we’re doing animators, Caroline Leaf is one of my heroes; I really like Emily Hubley’s work, John and Faith Hubley’s daughter. And I like their work too.
5. Colour or black-and-white films?
6. Your favourite brand of beer?
Leffe, Belgian beer.
7. Your favourite animation technique?
Uh that’s a hard one for me. I have been really into paint on glass and stuff like that, but I also like cut-outs and sand, I would say flat, frame by frame techniques.
8. What do you think the future of the animated film will be?
Well, I think there will be a lot more, even than there are now, computer animated films, and I think that, hopefully, there will be more independent animated features, so I hope there will be people who will make features as well as shorts. And often, when computer animation techniques go up, hand-made techniques go up as well, as a response to that, so they become popular again.
9. Your most recognisable character trait?
10. What frightens you the most?
11. Who would direct/make a film about your life?
Anja Banko, Petra Meterc