ROOMMATES

Directed by
Jamie Wolfe

Sanity diminishes as the temperature rises.

Wild hand drawn lines and bold pallets collide to build the offbeat, high energy worlds of Jamie Wolfe's animation. The LA-based artist and animation director used her memory of living in New York without air conditioner during a particularly brutal summer as an inspiration for 'Roommates'.

'I wanted to tap into the primal hysteria I felt while living in that tiny, overly heated apartment, in a steamy, overcrowded city, where everyone was sticking to everything and everyone, with no relief in sight.' 

I wanted to tap into the primal hysteria I felt while living in that tiny, overly heated apartment

An inspiration for the edit pace came from music: 'I was really interested in experimental jazz while working on the this, specifically in finding ways to mimic jazz rhythms in my editing choices.' 

Jamie's approach to work is very intuitive and improvisational which shows in the fluidity of her work.

'I’m usually thinking about ten things at once, so it's rare when I sit down with a singular idea or plan. Many times, I’ll just set out to draw my brain state, or emotions at the moment. Sometimes I’ll draw that literally through the physicality and movement of some drawn figures, other times I'll express it through the energy or quality of my lines. I like to work fast, so many times I'll do my line work in brush and ink because it lets my hand move as quickly as my brain. When I'm in production mode, my desk is almost always surrounded by a moat of inky drawings.'

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