I've been trolling online for animation talent for a secret project, and I just ran across a short film by artist Julia Pott, about whom I knew nothing. I had to share it. I don't even want to say very much about the film, other than that it is lovely, and lithe, and winsome....and brutally poignant. "Do you remember when we met? You were brilliant, witty, gorgeous to look at....something's changed." I never cease to be amazed by the enormous talent one stumbles over while flailing around with computer buttons.


A Gift Wrapped Life said...

What a delight that you ran across this while trolling (good word) and were able to share this with your readers. Not only is the message spoken in true words ( but the style of graphics and animation were beautiful in such a poignant message. Second to that, I purged over 600 hardcovers today for a worthy cause, but I did keep the Garden book you wrote, I shall enhoy the subject as I head into my summer of garden. Thank your for sharing a delightful film.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So lovely, and sad.

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

This was amazing to watch and listen to. Thank you for sharing this lovely find.

Wishing you a beautiful night and happy Thursday.


Tru Dillon said...

OH man...this actually made me cry. so beautiful is the human creative energy.

profA said...

Very dear and so true. Yes. Delightful. Also enjoyed the 10 min. interview with J. Potts after that and will make a point of viewing music videos, etc. in the next couple of days. Thank you for this.

david terry said...


I suppose I ought to say I'm sorry, but?... I just watched that and thought "Oh....some young, British woman has just snatched Barry Blitt & John Cuneo's style and mashed-together some sort of video. That probably flies in England."

You'll recognize those names, Ms. Browning. Your work has appeared in the same magazines as their very good work.

Well....the young woman isn't charging anyone to view her videos, so disingenuousness (or sheer naivetee regarding her own supposed field of work) would be the worst charge one could lay at her doorstep.

I should also admit that I heard the line "Why is it so hard for me to be as happy as before?", and I thought "Oh....try growing up, Sweetheart...."


David Terry

P.S. I'm aware the the voice in the video isn't necessarily the "Author's voice".
P.S.(2) I saw that interview, saw that woman's picture of a fox...and I thought "Oh....Rien Poortvliet....this young lady's bookshelf has the same books on it that mine has...."

quintessence said...

Oh so sad! I felt for both of them as he floated away in his boat. Poignant indeed! And secret project? Involving animation? I can only imagine - what a tease!!

Karena said...

Dominique very interested to see just what you are up to.

I do wish I had more time for research and web searches.

Art by Karena

Come and enter my New Giveaway from Serena & Lily! You will love it!

Warren said...

David, you are well read and tres observant. This is the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 'net. Creativity gets 'borrowed' and brilliance does not necessarily get rewarded.

Today I heard that Amazon has sold more eBooks than print; this makes me sad (but then of course I was reading an eBook as I tried taking a bus to the airport for the first time.

My kids listen to music on YouTube and don't seem to realize what they are missing in terms of sound quality. There are definite pluses and minuses to all this digital wonderfulness.

A friend just uploaded an image of a heron in flight he took today on Hood Canal (beaupurvisphotography @ facebook) and the gift catches my breath.

What a wonderful time to be alive...

alex said...

my two cents? it was a haunting piece. i loved it and my daughter -- who always groans when i tell her to 'come look' -- loved it too. i actually watched it several times... that voice, those funny/sweet images and the final drifting away. fantastic.

david terry said...

Oh....I agree with you; I thought it was "haunting" and discomfortingly (that's meant to be a compliment)poignant. in short, I liked it very much, and I thought the "interview" youtube- video was a remarkably savvy piece of marketing (the Achilles's heel of most folks in this business).

I'll add that, after hitting "send", I thought "Oh wait...what it's LIKE is Lynda Barry's work during her early "Girls 7 Boys" period).

In any case, that was fun and engaging.....and certainly a refreshing change from the over-"
computerized" animation that seems to dominate everything these days.


David Terry

Unknown said...

Thank you for the introduction to this artist. I searched for more of her work & found several interesting and touching little stories. Wishing you a lovely Spring weekend.

William said...

@ David Terry

There you go, your last comment in this chain - was PERFECT - it was on topic and engaging of others and the first sentence didn't lead into some long story about you.

Great job!!!

I think my observation and comment from yesterday may have turned you into a less self-absorbed and a more engaged person.

My sense about you is that you have an inferiority complex about being southern. I've known a lot of southerners over the years - many move to Manhattan - and they mostly all appear to have the same complex as i sense you appear to have. In conversations they mostly all seem to feel the need to build up their educational backgrounds and how their families are established and eccentric - it becomes annoying because it is so totally unnecessary. That's what becomes so tedius with your comments - they are always about your established and eccentric family and your education and blah blah blah.

Trust me, you are fine the way you are. I looked at your art on line - and it's damn nice. Stop being so insecure about your southern roots - you are fine the way you are and you do nice art. Maybe it's just me, but you sound completely self-absorbed and defensive (southern interiority complex) in 90% of your comments and it becomes annoying after a while.

Oh, and don't post your phone number on an Internet blog. I mean, seriously, what are you thinking?

Seriously, David, don't post your phone number on an Internet blog. That's not a good thing.

By the way - I didn't mean to make this comment about making peace with you - because I love getting you charged up on here.

I hope to do that in the future :)

You are much more entertaining when you get charged up than when you are endlessly talking about yourself.



William said...

Just show your artwork, David, it's damn impressive stuff - skip the eccentric educated southern family bullshit - trust me, we northeastern types find that talk tedious and boring. If you want to talk about yourself on blogs perhaps spend less time talking about your eccentric grandmothers and more time talking about how you create that great looking artwork of yours.

Jane said...

(You funny Americans...)

I loved the animation...just another ( I have to use the word one more time ) POIGNANT reminder of the impermanence of everything...

Majarel said...

Thank you for heartfelt critique of our Mr.Terry. How wonderful of you to insult him blind in the face and then compliment him about his artwork...all the while pretending to be his big brother, extolling him with social advice! You must be a pretty perfect specimen! Gee, are you happy you got him under control now so he fits into what you think he should be? I'm sure you mean well (in your own mind)but Geez, who made you the director?

c said...

being "non american", takes me a while to get used to a british accent. so I really could not get past the first 2 minutes of the video. sigh!

Seeing as all comments are so positive, I will give it another 2 or 3 tries ... and hope to get it

SweetRetreat said...

My, if only we could all be perfect with everything to suit us. How boring that would be. When David Terry doesn't comment, I feel a real loss. The Southern ladies, manners, customs ... all delightful and very interesting. Don't change David, not a word.

As for the video, powerful and sad. The old nursery rhymes still haunt me.


Gin said...

Sorry, I'm not thrilled with it..its OK, certainly not what I would call haunting...I think it is the animation, it leaves me cold, not at all attached to to the voice or what the author is saying. Give me human people to relate to.

Warren said...

Re David and William, the SOUTH!!! is a 'peculiar' institution. There is no other region that carries such baggage, history or unique institutions. Perhaps it's in the air or the escaping swamp gas but the stars and family situations can align to give us wonderful voices that see the world differently. Keep on seeing and telling, David.

karenleslie said...

even though you are often sarcastic (which i usually appreciate being from new york), no one is trying to shut you down william. david has his own peculiar way of expressing himself which is sometimes perceptive and funny and yes, oftentimes very southern. so what? he has as much a right to express himself as you do without cruel feedback...

Violet Cadburry said...

My my my, a microscopic battle of north versus south. I enjoy all the posts, and the Rev. writes very well, has interesting items to share, and seems a good bloke. William, you I have no clue about except you seem to scold, ick, reminds me of my ex. Have a pint or two, or a toke or two. I like southern men, their toes are always warm.

Violet Cadburry said...

P.S. Now that more than two days have passed, I am worrying about Dominique! Has she succumed to carpal tunnel and is lying prostrate on the floor, hands in a wizened fetal position, waiting for her zealous fans to call 911?

david terry said...

Dear "Violet",

Given that we're (a "we" which, here in North Carolina, probably includes more folks than it does in the 37-or-so more "forward-looking" states) are in our first month of commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, I read your comment about "a microcosm of North Versus South" with considerable amusement.

My first consideration was "Oh, she's right. If nothing else, this 'William/David' catfight is similar in that no one's quite sure how THAT came about....plus, the tussle becomes distinctly unpleasant for anyone even remotely involved.".

The business would be what I believe is referred to up-North as a "Tar-Baby". The more you wrestle with it?....

More to the actual point?.....

I sent the link to Julia Pott's film to five women with whom I'm longtime friends. They all SUPER-MAJOR-LOVED it and immediately responded. Three of them basically said the same thing.....variations on "Oh, I've FELT that way when I've broken up with some guy, and you just know you'll sound like a self-absorbed bitch if you say what you're actually thinking/feeling. Guys do it to women all the time, though."

I watched the film again and realized that Jennifer Aniston (for better or worse, not a person whom I necessarily regard as a source of useful insights) was also right when, in reference to the film "He's Just Not that Into You", afterwards (and at some risk to her "nice girl"/"team player" professional image) declared she'd fought to have the title changed to "She's Just Not That Into You".

Apparently, the producers and suit-men said that "America" just wouldn't "go for" a title that suggested that women sometimes.....are just not that "into" the guy anymore?

Between the reaction to Aniston's suggestion and Ms. Potts's film, there's plenty to think about.


David Terry

P.S. As for this "Southern" bidness?.... I'll be twelve miles from Morocco as of Saturday morning. North Carolina will seem like the Arctic.

Dominique said...

EVERYONE! Please, express away! I'm not doing any weeding....and thank you, Violet. Worse than carpal tunnel. Paralyzed neck. I feel like I got whiplash. Was it from watching this back and forth? LOVE IT. I'm half southern too--my father from Kentucky. And my mother (as VL knows) from Morocco. I like heat. Though I do get burned--I don't take the heat here personally. Most of the time.