Experiencing Interruptions?

Points Of View

Ways of seeing are through our own personal perspectives. A piano being played can be heard from the inside, notes can dance, bass notes can evoke colors. By opening ourselves, we push barriers aside. The power of imagination can reveal truth. Truth can change, as we go through our lives seeking freedom. This is also the essence of being an artist. A point of view is a starting point for our personal expression, and appreciating differences in perspectives can be our connection to the world and others.
Sara Pettinella, Director

Animator’s Statement:
This piece was unlike anything I've worked on before and I loved collaborating on it with Art Hirahara and Sara Pettinella. I followed Sara’s direction, sometimes very broad ideas and sometimes very specific images or hex color codes to use. She was able to express her ideas about how she wanted the piece to develop in a way that left creative room for me to listen to the music to let that inspire the rest. With Sara's visual direction, I then studied the music and would sketch out storyboards on paper and then animate the scenes in the computer using Adobe Animate. As an animator listening to small sections over and over as I worked, it really deepened my appreciation for the beauty of this song, and I never got tired of listening to it. I am proud of how this piece turned out. It was a wonderful collaboration and I hope you'll agree that we succeeded in creating animation that is truly an extension of the music.
Kristen McCormick, Visual Developer and Animator

  • Sara Pettinella
    We Are One Blood Drum Spirit, Brooklyn Express, Sunward Bound
  • Art Hirahara
    We Are One blood drum spirit, Brooklyn Express, Sunward Bound
  • Sara Pettinella
    We Are One blood drum spirit, Brooklyn Express, Sunward Bound
  • Sara Pettinella
    Brooklyn Express, Sunward Bound
  • Kristen McCormick
    Visual Developer and Animator
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Genres:
    Music, Jazz, Animation, Arts
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 23, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival
    Honorable Mention
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Worldwide Women's Film Festival
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    United States
    Winner Best Animation
  • 7th Siding Festival Of Film
    Creston, BC
    Best International Music Video Winner
Director Biography - Sara Pettinella

Born in Rome, Italy, Sara Pettinella studied art, design and photography in Italy and the United Kingdom. In 2002, she won the Interfaces Award (–Museum of the Photographic Image and Visual Arts, University of Rome) and she worked in theater and movie productions in Italy and Belgium from 1996 to 2003.
Since 2004, she has been active in the non-profit sector in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa working with refugees and other vulnerable groups through photography and design. In 2011, she relocated to New York City, US, where she showcased her work and received photography awards.
Since 2014, she has been working on documentary projects, with a special focus on music and performative arts in US and Japan.

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