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‘Bartleby’ Brings the Melville Story to the Recent Stop Motion Past

'Bartleby' Brings the Melville Story to the Recent Stop Motion Past

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Logline: Bartleby is an adaptation of Herman Melville’s novella of the same name. But instead of the Wall Street of 1853, it’s set in the Wall Street of ~2011, amidst the tumult of protest.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Bartleby” is a classic tale of how to waste one’s life in a modern office. And of how to stop doing that. Sort of. Our story begins as a team of misfit attorneys putter away in their open office cubes, led by a limp, uninspiring boss — until Bartleby arrives! And with him the notion of opting out. Of saying nope, no, I don’t think so, sir. And I would prefer not to. I would very much prefer not to. What is a boss to do?!

Production Team:
Laura Naylor – Writer/Director/Producer – director of two documentary feature films, “The Fix” and “Duck Beach”

Kristen Kee – Writer/Director/Puppetmaker – directed “Grapefruit,” a stop motion short  

Amanda Ely – Producer – producer of “Cadaver,” animated short starring Christopher Lloyd, Tavi and Kathy Bates 
Josh Hetzler – Executive Producer – produced “Anesthesia,” starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Waterston and Glenn Close and “My Depression,” with Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi and Fred Armisen

Zach Poots – Cinematographer  

Josh Mahan – Lead Animator/Set Art Director – Animator for short film, “I Believe in Unicorns” and “The Magic of Heineken”

About the Film:
We used to work in finance and met as young peons at an odd hedge fund that hires creative people. We bonded over our shared ex-mormonism and (both artists) our love of making things. Stop-motion was an ideal integration of our complementary skills — leveraging Laura’s film work and Kristen’s sculpture background. Meanwhile, it (~2011) was an interesting time to be a fly on Wall Street. And so Bartleby (the short film) began.

Current Status: We have 5 more minutes of animation left to shoot and we expect to finish production in early June.

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