Private Project

Into the Ovoid: An Ovella

A plain white egg encounters numerous beautiful and fragile, decorated eggs. The decorated eggs can dance and tumble in space, while the plain egg can only dream of such feats. After sliding and rolling through this fantastical world of dancing Pysanky, the plain egg risks becoming a decorated egg, too, and can finally lift off into the ovoid.

  • Tina Brand
  • Tina Brand
  • Tina Brand
  • Tina Brand
    Key Cast
  • Joe Kay
    Videography and Animation
  • Erin Yunes
    Videography and Animation
  • Christa Rakich
  • Aristides Rivas
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Art, Fantasy, Music
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 27, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Athens ANIMFEST 2016
    April 12, 2016
    European & World premiere
  • The Flying Frame Independent, Grassroots, Guerilla Filmmaking Festival
    Simpson, Illinois
    United States
    May 20, 2016
    North American premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • WNY Film, Art, and Music Event
    United States
    August 14, 2016
  • Cinema Systers Film Festival
    Paducah, KY
    United States
    September 10, 2016
  • Diamond in the Rough Cut Indie Film Screening Series
    Bristol, PA
    United States
    September 30, 2016
Director Biography - Tina Brand

I was born in Lübeck, Germany. When I was 2 years old, my family emigrated from post-war Germany under the sponsorship of the International Rescue Committee. We settled in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where my father taught medical school and ran a cancer research lab together with my mother. We returned to Germany several times for short periods and I attended public school both there and in the US. After earning a BA in Art History and German at the University of Minnesota, I earned an MA in German at Princeton University. I wrote a dissertation on paintings in German literature but did not defend it. Instead, I caught the high technology wave and moved to Boston where I earned a certificate in electronics at the Women’s Technical Institute and then worked in hardware and software development until 2013. Most recently I was an information developer at Oracle, but decided to retire early because I came to find the sedentary stasis of computer work intolerable.

For several years I served on the board of the Center for New Words, and am dedicated to causes fighting for equality for women and girls. From early childhood I have been involved with painting and drawing, and making Ukrainian batik eggs every Spring. I played violin and viola during my school years. As an adult I studied oboe for several years, and most recently I’ve begun learning to play the cello. I live with my partner of many years and enjoy the company of a wonderful circle of close friends.

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Director Statement

Ukrainian eggs come about through a batiking process (wax resist and dyes) on whole eggs. These batik eggs are called pysanky. A single batik egg is a pysanka. The process of drawing with wax on an ovoid shell uniquely generates designs that can't easily be created any other way. My pysanky have a wide range of patterns, colors, and themes. It takes some planning to cover one color after the next, light to dark, with wax; you can't see what the egg will look like until you finally melt off the wax after applying the last color. I blow out the completed eggs, hang them on a string, and usually varnish them.

I have over 200 batik eggs in egg cartons. They're fragile. When people see them, they turn them around in their hands. They tell me I should find a way to exhibit them. But how can I display them from all angles, hands free, safe from being broken?

Film. I created a story called "Into the Ovoid, an Ovella" to explore some of my best batik eggs and include a time-lapsed demonstration of the entire pysanky creation process. The film I dreamed of making could only be shot in zero gravity featuring self-powered eggs dancing to the lush strains of copyrighted music. The film that Abbott Imaging and I actually made is even better: a gravity-defying stop action animation shot at an earthly 1G and with a soundtrack of original music.