Saturday, February 1, 2020
28 Young Men (2020) directed by Vincent-louis Apruzzese, narrated by Michael Z. Keamy
28 Young Men, a short poem by Walt whiman read by Michael Z. Keamy and animated by me (Behemoth media).
The project has been several years in the making. Originally we wanted to do live action and scouted and filmed several locations. As time went on, it became clear that getting 28 make men to splash around on a beach for free was not really a realistic option. We needed a secluded place and no trouble from local authorities. So animation was the voice in the end.
The men barely move, (and no there are not really 28 of them but I am not exactly Pixar so we never see them all at once), the idea being they are frozen in the woman's fantasy as she imagines herself moving amongst them. The beach and house are loose representations of Newburyport where Keamy are up and had specific locations in mind. So the advanced filming came in handy when it came to making the sets.
The water effects were done with X-particles for Cinema 4D and look pretty good to me. they are not meant to look like real water and match the cartoon look of the ocean waves.
Warning, I guess... cartoon nudity.