By Marisa Tontaveetong, Yu Ueda, Shir Wen Sun, Tam King
This animation will be a 2D animation blending the conventional with abstract camera movements heavy on silhouettes and minimalistic approach to storytelling, showing only what is necessary and showing close up of parts that signifies a whole.
Production Duration: March-June, 2014
In early April, 2014, the four of us (Yu Ueda, Shir Wen Sun, Marisa Tontaveetong, and Tam King) went to the Starlight Six Drive-In with a car full of snacks, cameras, and field recorders. Located on the outskirts of town, the Starlight is the last remaining drive-in theater in Atlanta. Our goal was to spend a few nights observing this unique place, and document the feel of it in animated form.
It was our first time going to a drive-in theater, and we were intrigued by the strange details of the drive-in that are rarely included in pop cultural images of the archetypical drive-in. The black vastness of the parking lot beyond the cars, the overlapping audio from various portable radios, and the microcosmic activities of the people in their cars intrigued us. In the midst of this bizarre environment, we encountered a small black cat sniffing for food beneath the eyeline of the transfixed crowd.
We eventually decided to create a film about the more bizarre aspects of the drive-in, as seen through the eyes of the feral cat who lives there. We sincerely hope that this unique place will be preserved for many years to come. Thanks for watching.