August J. Pollak - Animation Work
Dance was completed in Spring of 2003 for John's
Senior film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Based
on a true story, the 4-minute film depicts the events
surrounding the killing of a monkey in a village in
India, where the animals are held sacred. The surprising
story is drawn in an abstract style very different from
what you see in John's cartoon strips, and is accentuated
by the masterful scoring work of Jihwan Kim.
Dance screened on April 23, 2004 at NYU's First
Run Film Festival. Later, it ran as part of a special
program, Tunes, Toons & Trikfilms:
a collection of silent films accompanied by live, original
Jihwan Kim is currently working as an adjunct professor
for the NYU Graduate Music Department.
was originally created for MoveOn.org's "Bush
in 30 Seconds" contest. As the title implies,
the piece is a 30-second animated spot about the "real
problems" in the George W. Bush administration.
Due to bandwidth issues the film is currently unavailable
online; if you're interested in hosting the film on
your site, let John know. As per MoveOn's rules the
film was created under a Creative Commons License, as
such any online site wishing to host it for non-profit
reasons and with proper attribution are welcome to ask.
John is an avid fan of Flash and Flash-based animation;
in addition to the little doodads spread across this
site, Flash experiments that managed to find their way
online include the short animated piece The
Dennis Kucinich Rally for Victory.