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This is the first ‘independent’ use made of our “rotoshop” software.  It was quite primitive in the beginning.  This is a short road-trip documentary consisting of animated interviews with people found along the route from New York to Austin.

Roadhead played in many festivals worldwide, including ResFest, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Aspen ShortsFest (Special Recognition prize), Taos Film Festival, and Slamdance.

1998 14 minutes

We got some help from MTV -- they lent us the computer I’d been using there.  The idea was that we would pitch the film back to them as a series or something they might show.  They let us keep the computer for a few months, but then I think they got nervous and wanted it back!  Maybe we were taking too long.  It took about four months.

To animate the film, I posted flyers around Austin advertising for volunteers to work on it.  They came over to the house and I showed them the basic idea.  I got about a dozen people to give 4 hours of their time at a stretch.  We worked on it for about 4 months, and I think the first place we showed it was at the ‘Fringeware Film Festival’ down on Guadalupe St. next to Mojo’s.  They were projecting all kinds of stuff on a big sheet late at night. 

Anyway we sent it to a bunch of festivals.  I think Slamdance was the first place that showed it officially.  The RESFest people got behind it and showed it a bunch of places.  I travelled to Rotterdam to show it there.  Arriving there, no one was there at the airport to pick us up, so we shared a cab with Harry Knowles who had been on the same flight.

Roadhead was how I met some of the people who are still animating with me today:  Jennifer Drummond, Mike Layne, Dan Gillotte, and John Paul.  Also Constance Wood -- she originally helped me ink-and-paint stuff for God’s Little Monkey, then went on to animate on all our films through Grasshopper.  It was a great way to meet new friends and try out the ‘exquisite corpse’ style of animated filmmaking.  Each animator just got a little piece of the film to work on, with each interview subject in the film being drawn by 3 or 4 people.