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The Toronto Sun n Friday, January 28, 2011 SHOWBIZ 79

Drawing inspiration
The Jessica Stuart Few breaking new ground with ‘Lunamation’ video
This is a story about an art- “In traditional rotoscope ing at the time, and since I tion, and that’s when it clicked
pop band whose songs fea- Errol animation, the animator was an animator, we decided for me, and I knew I wanted to
ture the Japanese koto and a Nazareth draws each frame the same to do some kind of rotoscope do this again.” Now

cat named Luna that inspired way so that it has the appear- animation. So we shot his DeRushie says he admires
them to make a groundbreak- Rhythms N Rhymes ance of traditional anima- roommate’s cat, Luna, walk- Stuart’s “jazz-influenced
ing video. tion,” he says. “With Luna- ing around the apartment and mind,” adding that “the nature
The Jessica Stuart Few is mation, the frames of video then printed out all the frames of this animation process is so
headed by singer/guitarist are printed out on paper and from that video,” he says. unpredictable, I think only
Jessica Stuart, who also plays
the koto — a traditional Japa-
from a moving film,” explains
DeRushie, who directed Kid
each one is drawn differently
by a group of people.”
“There were four people
living in the apartment and
someone with her ability to
cope with chaos would have
nese stringed musical instru-
ment. The group has been cre-
Dream. “Just like animation is
made up of a series of draw-
So, invitations to tracing
sessions were sent out and
it was a Friday night, so there
was a bunch of people hang-
made it this far.
“She watched people of all Errol’s can’t-miss lis
ating a buzz since releasing its ings played back quickly, a friends, kids and their parents ing out and drinking. Since artistic abilities drawing her

debut album, Kid Dream, last live-action film can be viewed participated. DeRushie says we had a huge stack of paper face with varied degrees of Brownman Electryc
year. Its hard-to-define sound as a series of photographs. If that instead of using com- to trace, we decided to make accuracy, and trusted my con- Trio electrify Pero
embraces folk, pop and jazz you film a scene in live-action, puters, folks drew on paper, it a group activity. As more fidence that it would still look Lounge tonight. 8:30
and splashes of the koto. then trace over each of the “which is a tactile process people joined — and became good in the end,” he says. “I p.m. $5. 812 Bloor St. W.
Not content to limit its cre- photographs, you end up with that everyone connects with inebriated — it was harder to see this same sort of dedica-

ativity to the recording studio, a set of tracings that mimic the immediately. give instructions to everyone, tion to her music career. Rockabilly legend
the group hooked up with Evan action in the original scene. “People know that their so people started drawing “She’s the hardest work- Ronnie Hayward is at
DeRushie to make an eye-pop- With animation, the ‘life’ of drawings will only be seen for the cat however they wanted ing independent musician I the Dominion on Queen
ping video for the title track. the movement comes from the a twelfth of a second, and I and really having fun with the know.” every Saturday at 4
The video utilizes a made-in- animator’s imagination, but think there’s a really liberating process.” The Jessica Stuart Few p.m. Free. 500 Queen St. E.
T.O. technique called Lunama- with rotoscope animation, the energy in that.” DeRushie says when he Kid Dream Video Release

tion and involved more than 80 ‘life’ comes from the original So where does Luna fit in all scanned all the pictures in party happens Thursday at The 24th Street
people and 2,700 frames. film footage.” of this? the next day, he saw the same Supermarket. 9 p.m. $10. 268 Wailers launch their
It makes its premiere next DeRushie says the differ- DeRushie says that about energy in the footage that he’d Augusta Ave. debut CD, Dirty Little
Thursday at Supermarket. ence between other rotoscope three years back, he and his seen in the people that night. Young’Uns, Thursday
“Lunamation is a form of animations and Lunamation friend Tavis Weir were looking “The makeup of the group Visit Errol’s blog at www. at the Gladstone Hotel. 8:30
rotoscope animation, which is is the consistency between to work on a project together. and the environment deter- musicinthemessage. p.m. Free. 1214 Queen St. W.
the process of tracing frames frames. “He was interested in trac- mined the life of the anima-