Money

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Anyone have $30,000 lying around I can borrow? That’s about how much it will cost to get the digital film-out, soundtrack and processing for a 35mm print of Sita Sings the Blues. I promise I’ll pay you right back once the big bucks start rolling in. There’s big bucks in quirky little self-animated art films, right? And the dollar’s weak right now, so if you loan me $30,000 in euros or rupees it’s like a good deal or something.

Wha? Can it be?

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As of today, I have animated every scene in Sita Sings the Blues. That’s 80 minutes.

The film is by no means finished. My sound designer, Greg Sextro, only begins adding effects early October, and it’s not clear how much time he’ll need. I still have to make end credits, add title text, and fuss around with what I’ve already done, changing colors here and nose-ring orientations there. But as of this morning, every scene has an image.

Whew!

Why?

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I’m almost finished animating Sita Sings the Blues. I haven’t been posting images of the latest scenes, based on my own misadventures in love, so here’s one for ya. It depicts “Nina” months after being dumped by her husband by email, while similar events are analyzed by a shadow puppet voiced by Manish Acharya. Because the film is now 80 minutes long, I am omitting a song. I was going to have a composer sweeten it up and make it more pop-y, but I kind of like it as is (I “made” it myself! Thanks iTunes and Audio Hijack Pro!). It is about what everyone asks compulsively when their love fails. You won’t hear it in the film, it’s a ninapaley.com exclusive!