Here’s an animation that I worked on a few months ago.
The animation features Isaiah Washington, reading Sarah “Dixie” Feldman’s “City Symphony” to “Story Time” cartoon hosts Moose and Zee.
Click Here To See CITY SYMPHONY
It was produced by the wonderful Matthew Dunteman for Nickelodeon’s commercial-free channel for pre-schoolers, Noggin, in partnership with First Book (a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.)
I’ve worked with Matthew several times over the years and it’s always been a treat. The piece has yet to run due to Washington’s self-inflicted off-screen troubles. It may yet air — Matthew recently told me that Noggin will be hiring a different actor to narrate the piece.
What made this project particularly special for me was my great love for New York City. Like the person in the poem, I often pause to listen to the sounds of the City as music. I also spend a lot of time observing, sketching and collaging its people, residents and visitors. For me, NYC is still the magical place I dreamed of as a kid growing up in bucolic Orefield, Pennsylvania.
Matthew attended my recent talk at MoMA. There, I went into the elaborate hinging I’d done in photo-shop in order to give the animators endless possibilities. Specifically, I talked about the bicycle rider who was hinged to look as if he was peddling the bike. In the final you’ll see that he just coasts by. Matthew said during the lecture’s Q & A that next time they’ll have to include me more in the animation process.