Utah Arts Festival

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This is a Ball will be screening as part of the children’s film program at the Utah Arts festival.

The festival runs June 23rd-26th. Screenings will be every half hour in the Art Yard, Noon–8PM.  This program is designed for children 3 and under.

The others films playing will be:

  • This Time It’s Shopping, 4 min, Maine
  • Elephant and Friends, 2 min, Utah
  • Movies in Clay, 3 min, Canada
  • The Midnight Tourist, 5 min, Washington
  • Farewell, My Short, But Brilliant Life, 3 min, New York
  • This is a Ball, 4 min, New York

If your in Utah, check it out!

Interviewed by Animation Mentor!

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I was interviewed by Animation Mentor to discuss This is a Ball and my passion behind creating the film.  It was a real honor to be included on their blog.  Read it on their site or below.


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This month’s Where are they now? series features Jeff Starr, a 2010 graduate of Animation Mentor. Since graduating from Animation Mentor, Jeff’s been a part of a couple cool projects, one being his first short film – what an accomplishment.

Short films are known for their meaningful stories bound with compelling themes. Read along as Jeff takes us through a personal experience where he sheds light on a powerful topic that’s relevant in today’s society all over the world. Allow his story to inspire you in more meaningful ways in both life and when you animate icon smile Jeff Starr: From Animation Mentor to Short Film

– The Animation Mentor Crew

ANIMATION MENTOR: The message of the film is so inspiring and opens up a dialogue about bullying. What inspired you to make this short film?


Cube vs Square

One of the questions I get asked from time to time is, “If the ball is called a ball and not a circle, why isn’t the square referred to as a cube and the triangle a pyramid?”

The idea is that the Ball is the only character with depth to his personality.  The bullies are just one dimensional, hence the flat geometric terms.  The only hint of the bullies having any “depth” to their soul is in the shot after the credits when the square tries to literally move forward in it’s life. In many way’s that could be the start to the next film.

Plus, I just liked the idea of calling the bully a “square” because of the slang aspect.  That way when the Ball tells them off at the end and say’s, “I’d like to see you bounce, you square” it has a secondary meaning.

The Soundtrack

One element I have been most proud of is the soundtrack to the movie.  I was inspired by a song I wrote with my great friend Ryan Fitzsimmons. I took the framework we had created and ran with it.

It also holds special meaning for me.  Ryan had just left NYC to move to LA, so this gave me a great way to honor that friendship.  Best of all, it fit the movie perfectly – even the title I Really Like Your Style – was a serendipitous element, especially once you know the message behind the movie.  Because I knew that Ryan would be listening to the final audio with extra insight, I had to ensure that the final composition would meet the high standard he deserved. That kept me on my toes and made sure I asked myself tough questions along the way.

…Plus, I was able to work in a few tiny musical jokes that only he will get.  I hope that those “inside jokes” give it an extra spark of life that others will feel, even without knowing the reference.

I am making my final pass to adjust the movie’s sound effects and I plan to release the completed film in Jan 2016.  The abstract images in this video relate to the final movie.