Gabe Askew: Goat & Aaron

Brother, this is what you mean to me.

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Hornet director Gabe Askew, the man behind the impressive Grizzly Bear fan video for the band's "Two Weeks" track from a couple years back, directs this beautiful short film "Goat and Aaron," about the sometimes playful, sometimes intense relationship between two brothers, told with delightful multimedia-inspired stylings and within shifting storytelling panes.

According to Askew, the film was inspired by his own sibling, "who is eleven years older than me and so he was always halfway between a sibling and a father figure." It went through a series of revisions, with multiple rewrites and tonal changes. "I completely rewrote the script several times," he says. "It went from very silly to very dark and leveled off into a statement about our relationship I was happy with. Then I set it against a backdrop that was common for us when I was a teenager, hiking through the hills."

In terms of technique, the project began as a series of illustrations, which helps to explain the variety of styles at work within the film. "I was laying in bed one morning, looking at the dust twinkle in a shaft of light from the window," he says. "Almost like a sneeze a series of images came to be. I rolled over, grabbed a sketchbook and very roughly sketched out about ten images I wanted to create."

From there, he tried to stay away from the computer. "This is why each shot is formatted differently," he says. "And each shot began as a painting, which I took into 3D and projected onto geometry. I'm not sure this technique is right for other projects but it was a refreshing break from the normal process."

For another moving piece on brotherhood, check out "Belly" from Askew's fellow Hornet director Julia Pott.

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Oct 09, 2012
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