An animated romp about wine enthusiasm.
Interview Director/Animator Emmett Goodman
Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
Thank you! I was directed to John Meyer through an animator friend of mine.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
Musigny is not a political film, and there's nothing intense or dark about it. It’s funny, appealing, and it hopefully encourages people to give wine tasting a try. There's something simple and relieving about our film.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
Even though it's John's story, I think if there is a theme to our film, it is enthusiasm. John's enthusiasm is for the wine, his desire to share it with his wife, Suzanne, which in turn triggers her enthusiasm for classical music. I added my own enthusiasm when designing John's "trips", basing them off favorite films and art styles.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development?
We did the short relatively quickly. John's story only underwent one edit at the beginning, and remained largely unchanged afterward.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
That our film is charming and funny.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
It has challenged me to continue to pursue animation in even more creative ways.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
Since our film is animated, I would love to see it appreciated the same as any work, regardless of the medium. And I hope it continues the conversation that animated storytelling can be applied to any topic.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
Distributors and journalists.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
As I stated before, I would like to see our film judged the same as any film project. More than just being animated, I hope our short is further recognized for its design and writing.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
Can you recommend anything similar to the movie Sideways?
What other projects are the key creatives developing or working on now?
I am currently in production on a 3D-animated short, which is supposed to be finished by this Summer. John and I are already discussing our next collaboration, Nurse Jayne,in which John must deal with a hostile neighbor.
Interview: December 2018
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The Magical Mystery of Musigny
An animated romp about wine enthusiasm.
Director: John Meyer, Emmett Goodman
Producer: John Meyer
Writer: John Meyer
About the writer, director and producer:
Beginning as a songwriter, JOHN MEYER expanded his skills to Memoirs (Heartbreaker, 1983, Doubleday), musicals (The Betrayal of Nora Blake, Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 1998), film (Not for Publication, 1984) and TV (The Amazing Stories episode, “Gershwin’s Trunk”, 1986, produced by Steven Spielberg). The Magical Mystery of Musigny marks his first experience as Writer/Director/Producerr of an animated film. The team is developing a second animated short, Nurse Jayne, in which John must deal with a hostile neighbor.
EMMETT GOODMAN is an animation artist with a number of animation projects, both commercial and independent. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Emmett has directed music videos, web shorts, short films, and has also been involved with properties for Comedy Central, HBO, and Speakaboos. Emmett has also written several online articles on animation for ASIFA-East, as well a short film on Asperger Syndrome (A Life With Aspergers, dir. Jaime Ekkens 2013).
Key cast: John Meyer
Looking for: distributors, film festival directors, journalists