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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Flemish Beauty - The Inquisitive Snail

We spoke with members of the Toronto film collective team, Flemish Beauty, behind a number of films including the 1 minute animated short, The Inquisitive Snail.

The Inquisitive Snail is the story of Luke, an average, everyday nosy neighbor and his newly acquired pet, an inquisitive snail.

When the inquisitive snail is dispatched by Luke to spy on the inhabitants of a small town, the snail soon discovers that all is not what it seems and other people's secrets can be absolutely delicious.

The Inquisitive Snail has been selected for a variety of film festivals including Annecy, DC Shorts, The Seattle International Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, and the MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival.

Direct download: FlemishBeauty-TheInquisitiveSnail.mp3
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Ryan Gielen - Larry Keel: Beautiful Thing and The Graduates

Ryan Gielen was born and raised in Columbia, MD.  Ryan attended Washington and Lee University, where he majored in Journalism. He taught himself editing by sneaking into the editing suites after the Broadcast Journalism students left for the night.

Following graduation, Ryan Gielen started his own production company we have creates, training and promotional videos for clients like Johns Hopkins University and MADD. The steady work funded his first documentary, Larry Keel: Beautiful Thing, following a year in the life of an underground bluegrass legend.

Since moving to New York, Ryan has focused on screenwriting, producing and directing including his first short film, Deleted Scenes.

His feature film, The Graduates was inspired by his experiences growing up in Columbia, and attending several Senior Weeks in Ocean City. It has played several film festivals and has won the Directorial Discovery Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Direct download: RyanGielen-TheGraduates.mp3
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Marlyn Mason - Model Rules

Marlyn Mason has been an acting professional from the age of 9. By the mid 1960s, she was playing a recurring role of Sally Welden on TV's Ben Casey.

In 1967, she starred as Carrie Pipperidge in a television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel and in 1969, she made her big-screen debut opposite Elvis Presley in The Trouble With Girls and as Nikki Bel in
the 1970s series Longstreet.

After a long absence, Marlyn returned to television in the early 1990s in a variety of roles. Most recently, she has written, produced, and starred in award winning short, Model Rules. 

Model Rules is film about a 70 year old woman who works as an artists’ model posing nude for a classroom full of men. During the session, she begins to fantasize about one of the artists as he draws her nude form. Model Rules has screened a variety of festivals including LA Shorts and has received the Grand Prize for Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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Direct download: MarlynMason-ModelRules.mp3
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Trey Gunn - Quodia & Music for Pictures

Trey Gunn, based in Seattle by way of Texas, has an impressive list of credits as a musician, most memorably with the seminal progressive rock band King Crimson, as well as with other artists such as David Sylvian, Brian Eno and the band Tool.  As a solo artist, he has released seven CDs.

He has moved into the world of film and television scoring, and with Joe Mendelson has developed Quodia concerts,
which integrate film, music, language, and storytelling.

Trey Gunn's latest CD release is a compilation of film score pieces entitled Music For Pictures, for which he is soliciting animators to contribute visual interpretations.

Direct download: TreyGunn-MusicForPictures.mp3
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