Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920′s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”
In lieu of a museum, I went to an IFC screening in collaboration with the New York Kids Festival and watched Sita Sings the Blues.
discoveries/questions through observation:
- how can i use text in interesting ways for transitions between scenes?
- could i use a map to begin my story to situate the story and characters?
(eg map of manhattan or queens zooming into home)
- how to use tapestries/ rugs interestingly as background and ambience
- can i have a puppetshow-like display above Laila (name in progress)
- her eureka moment should show: yes i can do this
- what are my strengths? what tools do i have to enhance my work?
CONVERSATION WITH NINA PALEY
Nina was great! She told me to get in touch with Andy London and Biljana Labovic, and research Ravi Swamy. We also spoke about the use of After Effects vs Flash.