Animator to watch: Angela Stemple for the Pen15’s “Jacuzzi” Animation Special


Animator Angela Stemple is making her mark in film and television by bringing the drawing board to life. Originally a student in international relations, Stempel’s path to the animation circuit was funky. After a series of transformative career decisions ranging from indulging in diplomacy to fine art, Stempel found herself signing up for an animation class simply because it fit her schedule. in a Interview with The One Club, admits there was no going back then: “It was as if I had no choice; I loved the animation and the ability to define motion and physics, to give life to graphics and things.”

The Venezuelan-American artist’s latest project, the animated Jacuzzi special for “Pen15”, has seen her animate her surreal “shock” heroes, Maya (Maya Erskine) and Anna (Anna Kunkel). Stempel, supervisor of animation and executive producer for the episode, Variety . said On the challenges of creating a live show is usually: “There was an interest in making sure the characters didn’t get so fanciful that they would feel outside [the] The world we were creating.” Using her trademark bright, adventurous color palette, the animator created the bright, fluorescent environment of a “jacuzzi,” contrasting with the cool blue shades of hotel-set scenes and with the psychedelic lighting of a bar for 13-year-old visiting seniors. At night.

Stempel’s repertoire is not limited to live animation, her other work includes creating narrative and abstract animated films, music videos, and illustrations. She also created an animated ID of the artist for MTV international and directed and animated an episode for the Conception Series for New York Times Video. The latter, a A four-and-a-half minute episode Following the life of a woman who lost her daughter to a heroin addiction highlights Stempel’s style of animation, which explores the possibilities of harmoniously incorporating forms into abstraction.

Discuss how her experiences benefit from her workStempel said, “I think moving around a lot, being an American and a first-generation immigrant at once, gives me the distance to notice and appreciate the things each city has to offer, which inevitably inspires me and makes me question my place as an artist and how I represent both worlds in my work.” The Los Angeles-based artist’s exploration of themes borrows heavily from their environments, as in her short film Heart Chakra.

“heart chakra” She explores the crystal culture of Los Angeles, following the mysterious and unexpected journey of hero May to find her soulmate. The short film, Stempel’s MFA graduate thesis from CalArts, features the signature use of perspective and a bold color palette. Mai lives on the advice of her crystal healer and uses astrology and numerology to determine her life path. The animation flows with eerie narrative, and takes on abstract forms – the personification of an insect that Mae falls in love with, flows seamlessly into Mai’s starry-eyed fantasies, all while filming a modern, vibrant Los Angeles landscape.. Using a color palette of orange, purple, and pink, the animation amplifies Mai’s bizarre adventures. Speaking of colors that dominate their visual aesthetics, Stempel explained, “I love the tension that color can evoke, not only in terms of narrative but also psychological, physical and cultural.”

Delving into the psychology of contemporary women seems to be a common theme in Stempel’s work. The short “Urges” explores female sexual desire through vivid yet abstract visuals and “Wayside,” another short, depicts the life of a woman feeling isolated in a yoga class.

She was asked where she sees herself in the near future in an interview In early 2018, Stemple replied, “My dream is to have a group production with my small community of animators and directors who live in Los Angeles. I would also like to work on television, on some series where I can be involved in a creative field, and possibly develop my own series.” own. Dream is free!” For Stemple, the dream of working with female creatives in the television industry has become a reality with Jacuzzi.

“Pen15: Jacuzzi” is now available on Hulu. You can find other Stempel works on it website and on vimeo.

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