Portland 3D Modeler presents “Escape of Middle C” Movie
by Bev Standish
On Sunday May 23rd Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH presented a movie created by Bev Standish called “The Escape Of Middle C.” This movie took eight years to make, with all animation and music done entirely by Standish. Eighty-eight people attended the event which began with an introduction by the Portland movie maker on her motivation and the process and the adventure of making a 3D animated/live action fantasy adventure-mystery movie. It was designed to motivate children to read music and to introduce basic music reading skills.
Standish described how the movie was made with Autodesk 3ds Max, how long it took to produce the 77-minute animated movie, and introduced members of the cast and crew who were in the audience. Also shown were opening animations, done by two of Standish’s students.
The storyline featured a child from another planet who could be healed only through music. The young alien’s father used his authority to ban music. Sheet music was burned and walking, talking instruments were hunted down and thrown in jail. The note Middle C escaped to earth with other criminals and the alien authorities followed. The notes had personalities that made them unforgettable, including their position on the music staff. They warned children on earth of impending danger by spelling words on the music staff using their letter name. The children in the movie and in the audience were compelled to decode the words (name the notes) in order to solve the clues and save the day.
Following the movie, there was a question and answer period and a reception with food and cake.
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