Graphic novelist Dash Shaw’s film My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea is “a darkly comedic and crude animated comedy.” Shaw’s exciting animated film from the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival is now looking for distribution.
Check out Kate Erbland’s IndieWire interview with Dash Shaw, done by Kate Erbland. Shaw says, “The first time that I saw that I could make gifs in Photoshop, that you could line up images and that Photoshop could arrange them in short animations, I thought, ‘Oh!’ The scanner is right here. The tools are very accessible. I don’t need a multi-plane camera the way Disney needed a camera. I have a scanner, I can make an animation with the same tools that I use to make comics.”
Eric Kohn’s review of My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea said: “Every image in graphic novelist Dash Shaw’s animated feature delivers a dizzying, evocative reflection of restless youth. At the same time, it remains grounded in a familiar world of geeky teens, smarmy upperclassmen and disgruntled school administrators.”
Kohn continues, “…the visual approach fuses lively watercolors with flowing black ink, silhouetted figures and paper cutouts into a collage of personal expression.”
“The movie felt successful when we finished drawing it,” says Shaw, “like ‘I can’t believe we actually pulled this together.’ That had maybe the biggest wave of feeling, excited or kind of sitting back like, ‘Wow’.”