Howe Gelb, Nicole Atkins Star In Film


Hi-def, animated indie film shot in Austin, will wrap
post-production this Fall.

By Randy Harward and
Lavinia Jones Wright


In an interview for Blurt’s July/August issue, Howe Gelb
revealed he is scoring—and acting in—Mars, an animated feature film by writer/director Geoff Marslett (James Kochalka
Superstar’s “Monkey vs. Robot” video).


“It was filmed in Austin
last year, and it’s all about Mars,” says Gelb. “It’s animated and it’s
hypnotic and involving. All the actors
worked in front of a green screen. I got to play the bad guy [Dr. Fortunato],
which was really fun, because all I had to do was be the cranky old bastard at
NASA control.


Marslett’s Swerve
Pictures website describes his first feature-length work as “an interplanetary
romantic comedy” that uses an animation technique he developed on the short
film “Bubblecraft.” Similar to fellow Austin
filmmaker Richard Linklater’s Waking Life,
it combines “hi-def video, traditional rotoscoping and a processor written by
Geoff. We are creating a unique new visual that falls halfway between reality
and a graphic novel.” Shooting on the film—which also stars Kochalka, soul
singer Nicole Atkins and actress Cynthia Watros (Titus)—was completed in September 2007, and Marslett says the film
will be completed this Fall.


Gelb tells Blurt that
the opportunity to score Mars was
“really exciting” because his records, with Giant Sand or any of his side
projects, “always feel like they’re soundtracks—but there’s no movie!”

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