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Sparrow Duet

Animated abstract shapes and gestures dance together playfully with bird-like motion. The original music score was composed and performed by Gary Chang

  • Steve socki
    Director
  • Steve Socki
    Producer
  • Gary Chang
    Music Composer & Performer
  • Barbara Eddy
    Associate Producer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Holland Animation Festival, The Netherlands
    Utrecht
    Netherlands
    March 15, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Athens Animfest, Greece
    Athens
    Greece
    April 7, 2016
    Greece Premiere
  • Video Festival Imperia, Italy
    Imperia
    Italy
    April 26, 2016
    Italy Premiere
  • Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia
    Melbourne,
    Australia
    June 21, 2016
    Australian Premiere
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, China
    Hong Kong
    China
    April 30, 2016
    Asian Premiere; Chinese Premiere
  • Animaze - Montreal Int'l Anim Film Fest, Canada
    Montreal
    Canada
    August 18, 2016
    Canadian
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio USA
    Athens, Ohio
    United States
    April 4, 2016
    Midwest USA Premiere, Ohio Premiere
  • Euro Fest-St Petersburg, Russia
    St. Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    June 4, 2016
    Russian Premiere
  • Brooklyn Film Festival, USA
    Brooklyn New York
    United States
    June 3, 2016
    New York Premiere
  • Inde Gathering Int'l Film Festival, USA
    Cleveland Ohio
    United States
    August 11, 2016
    Ohio
    Honorable Mention
  • Kolaksai International Film Festival, Ukraine
    Kolaksai
    Ukraine
    October 1, 2016
    Ukrainian Premiere
  • Arte Non Stop Film Festival, Argentina
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    September 27, 2016
    Argentina
  • BuSho - Budapest Short Int'l Film Fest, Hungary
    Budapest
    Hungary
    August 30, 2016
    Hungarian
  • Cutout Fest- Int’l Anim & Art Festival, Mexico
    Querétaro
    Mexico
    November 17, 2016
    Mexico
  • Madeira Film Festival, Portugal
    Funchal, Madeira
    Portugal
    April 28, 2016
    Regional Premiere; Portugal Premiere
  • Blow-Up Chicago Arthouse Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    November 3, 2016
    Chicago Premiere; Illinois Premiere
  • Experimental Superstars, Serbia
    Novi Sad
    Serbia
    May 1, 2016
    Serbian Premiere
  • Intermediaciones Videoarte, Colombia
    Medillín
    Colombia
    October 4, 2016
    Columbian
  • Anima Sào, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    September 13, 2016
    Brazilian, South American
  • Jahorina Film Festival, Sarajevo Bosnia
    Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    September 21, 2016
    Bosnian
  • Delete TV, London UK
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 28, 2016
    UK Premiere
  • Los Angeles Cine Fest, USA
    Los Angeles California
    United States
    October 28, 2016
  • European Film Fest, Mainstream & Underground, Moscow
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    October 22, 2016
    Moscow
  • Linoleum – Int’l Animation & Media Arts Fest, Ukraine
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    September 15, 2016
    Ukranian
  • Countryside Animafest Cyprus
    Nicosia
    Cyprus
    July 21, 2016
    Cyprus
  • Under 5 Minute Animation Feedback Film Fest, Canada
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 25, 2016
    Montreal
  • Flick - Fledgeling Film Fest - Pennsylvania USA
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    United States
    April 23, 2016
  • Los Angeles New Wave Int'l Film Festival, USA
    Santa Monica, California
    United States
    May 17, 2016
  • Fest Int’l del Cinema d’Arte, Italy
    Bergamo
    Italy
    October 5, 2016
  • Under 5 Minute Festival, Toronto Canada
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 1, 2016
    Canadian Premiere
  • Columbia Gorge Int’l Film Fest, USA
    Big Bear Lake California
    United States
    September 22, 2016
  • Order & Chaos - Iota Salon, San Francisco USA
    San Francisco
    United States
    August 26, 2016
  • Animation Attack, Atlanta USA
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    May 21, 2016
    Southern USA Premiere, Georgia Premiere
  • Green Mountain Film Festival, Vermont USA
    Montpelier, Vermont
    United States
    March 18, 2016
    North American Premiere, USA Premiere
  • Motion Commotion at ICON9, AustinTexas, USA
    Austin Texas
    United States
    June 6, 2016
  • Free State Fest, Lawrence Kansas, USA
    Lawrence, Kansas
    United States
    June 20, 2016
    Kansas Premiere
  • Blue Sky Animation Festival, Ohio USA
    Wooster Ohio
    United States
    September 5, 2016
  • Locomoción Festival
    CDMX
    Mexico
    October 28, 2016
    Mexican Premiere
  • Multivision Festival
    St. Petersberg
    Russian Federation
    October 28, 2016
  • Cinemistica Festival
    Granada
    Spain
    November 17, 2016
    Spanish Premiere
  • Cinque Continenti Film Festival
    Venosa
    Italy
    November 27, 2016
  • Salair Int'l Inde Film Festival
    Kamen-na-Obi
    Russian Federation
    November 10, 2016
    Semi-Finalist Award
  • Animation Marathon
    Athens
    Greece
  • Stonefair Int'l Film Fest
    Piatra-Neamt
    Romania
    December 19, 2016
    Romanian Premiere
  • ZOOM International Film Festival
    Zblizeṅia
    Poland
    February 20, 2017
    Polish Premiere
  • Martinique Int’l Film Fest
    Fort-de-France
    Martinique
    March 22, 2017
    Martinique
  • Purgatory Film Exhibition
    Detroit
    United States
    March 12, 2017
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    United States
    March 21, 2017
  • Anim8 Int’l Film Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 24, 2017
  • Chicagoland Shorts Vol. III
    Chicago
    United States
    May 30, 2017
  • AccessCode Film Festival,
    Bangalore
    India
    June 16, 2017
    Indian Premiere
  • 300 Seconds Short Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    July 10, 2017
  • Technochat Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
Distribution Information
  • Chicagoland Shorts Volume III
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet, Video / Disc
  • Art & Shine
    Country: France
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Paid TV
Director Biography - Steve socki

Steve Socki received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts where he studied under his mentor Jules Engel. He worked for over 25 years in Hollywood as an animation director & producer on animated TV series such as Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Curious George, The Simpsons, & Futurama. He was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, and won 1. Steve is currently teaching animation at DePaul University in Chicago.

Personal Link: www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-socki/3/b94/560/

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0811973/

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Director Statement

Artists Statement

“Sparrow Duet” film: Steve Socki; music: Gary Chang; November 2105

My animated film developed from hand-drawn pastel art, based on motion studies of birds, and the moving patterns they suggested. The film is a non-narrative story, focusing on the timing and the motion, not the artwork. It's a kind of short dance piece that's choreographed with abstract shapes and textures - interacting playfully with each other and woven together with the impressionistic music, creating a more poetic etude.

I would classify my work as Experimental Animation, since the story does not follow a typical narrative. This piece could enter either Animation or Experimental categories, based on festival criteria.