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Prayers for Peace

Four years have passed since a man was killed when an IED was detonated beneath his diesel tanker while on a convoy to the active combat area of Fallujah.

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Dustin Grella created a stop-motion animation by drawing with soft pastels on slate, and recording the image once every sixty-seconds. He used a technique similar to rotoscoping, where each frame was projected onto the slate, drawn on top of, the projection was removed then the image recorded. The final product is a compilation of the hand drawn images. He decided on rotoscoping because he wanted the visual imagery to be easy to digest in order for the storyline to be the primary focus. The narrative stems from a letter the animator wrote on December 7, 2007, as part of an ongoing letter-writing project titled 'notes to self', involving over two thousand letters, written by and mailed to himself. The story is about the artist's younger brother, Devin Grella, who was killed in Iraq on a convoy to deliver a diesel tanker of fuel to the active combat area of Najaf when an improvised explosive device was detonated beneath his tanker and was killed instantly. He chose the materials of the pastels, with its impermanence, drawing and erasing, overdrawing, and final erasure, to represent the temporality of the physical body. The voiceover was the foundation for the project and was originally designed as a stand alone piece. The animator gathered most of the original footage from videos and still images off of the laptop that belonged to Devin. The images are relatively simple so the viewer can focus on the progression of the drawing and follow the narrative, rather than the using the images to tell the story. After the artist was comfortable with the shots and the movement of the piece in video, he took it into the animation studio to start rotoscoping using iStopMotion and a custom camera system that he had designed. The software has the capability to project one frame at a time, giving him the opportunity to sketch over the marks that helped to tell the story.
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Copyright © 2009 Dustin Grella

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Previous screenings

2009
17 Jul – 26 Jul | Sacramento, United States
24 Jul – 30 Jul | Hollywood, United States
8 Sep – 12 Sep | San Francisco, United States
10 Sep – 12 Sep | Los Angeles, United States
18 Sep – 24 Sep | Boston, United States
1 Oct – 4 Oct | St Helier, United Kingdom
15 Oct – 18 Oct | New York, United States
19 Oct – 25 Oct | Greenbelt, United States
Dok Leipzig: International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
26 Oct – 1 Nov | Leipzig, Germany
5 Nov – 15 Nov | Luton, United Kingdom
5 Nov – 8 Nov | Reading, United States
7 Nov | Seattle, United States
11 Nov – 15 Nov | Wilmington, United States
2010
8 Jan – 17 Jan | London, United Kingdom
Standing Rock International Short Film and Video Festival | 2010
30 Jan | Kent, United States
17 Feb – 21 Feb | Denton, United States
21 Feb – 28 Feb | Sedona, United States
23 Feb – 7 Mar | San Jose, United States
5 Mar – 7 Mar | Sebastopol, United States
5 Mar – 13 Mar | Byron Bay, Australia
Monstra: Lisboa Animated Film Festival
10 Mar – 21 Mar | Lisbon, Portugal
11 Mar – 14 Mar | Gympie, Australia
12 Mar – 14 Mar | Corvallis, United States
Workshops
25 Mar – 28 Mar | Strovolos, Cyprus
26 Mar – 28 Mar | Santa Monica, United States
26 Mar – 27 Mar | San Diego, United States
5 Apr – 9 Apr | Elgin, United States
8 Apr – 11 Apr | Fort Worth, United States
9 Apr – 11 Apr | Fallbrook, United States
9 Apr – 11 Apr | Jacksonville, United States
15 Apr – 18 Apr | Sonoma, United States
15 Apr – 23 Apr | Atlanta, United States
15 Apr – 18 Apr | Madison, United States
16 Apr – 25 Apr | Buffalo, United States
20 Apr – 25 Apr | Rincón, Puerto Rico
International Student Film Festival sehsüchte
20 Apr – 25 Apr | Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
22 Apr – 25 Apr | Memphis, United States
22 Apr – 24 Apr | Rochester, United States
23 Apr – 30 Apr | Newport Beach, United States
23 Apr – 30 May | Melbourne, Australia
27 Apr – 1 May | New York, United States
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film
4 May – 9 May | Stuttgart, Germany
4 May – 9 May | Bethel, United States
6 May – 9 May | Evanston, United States
12 May – 16 May | Washington, United States
14 May – 16 May | Hill City, United States
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
7 Jun – 12 Jun | Annecy, France
16 Jun – 20 Jun | Provincetown, United States
16 Jun – 20 Jun | Maui, United States
16 Jun – 27 Jun | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
17 Jun – 19 Jun | Lausanne, Switzerland
17 Jun – 19 Jun | Philadelphia, United States
22 Jun – 28 Jun | Palm Springs, United States
16 Jul – 1 Aug | Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
16 Sep – 25 Sep | Halifax, Canada
Akron Film Festival | 2010
23 Sep – 26 Sep | Akron, United States
24 Sep – 26 Sep | Port Townsend, United States
29 Sep – 3 Oct | Woodstock, United States
29 Sep – 10 Oct | London, United Kingdom
Bay Street Film Festival | 2010
30 Sep – 3 Oct | Thunder Bay, Canada
2 Oct – 9 Oct | Eberswalde, Germany
7 Oct – 10 Oct | Bend, United States
15 Oct – 17 Oct | Segovia, Spain
20 Oct – 24 Oct | Ottawa, Canada
2011
4 Mar – 6 Mar | Taos, United States
14 Apr – 17 Apr | Blue Jay, United States
Anirmau: Didactic Animation Film Festival
25 Apr – 30 Apr | Lalín (Pontevedra), Spain
29 Apr – 1 May | West Chester, United States
4 Aug – 6 Aug | Seattle, United States

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PG (United States)

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Related news

Prayers for Peace has received a new award at Talking Pictures Festival. | more...
18 May 2010
Prayers for Peace has received 2 new awards at Atlanta Film Festival. | more...
2 May 2010
Prayers for Peace has received a new award at Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival. | more...
20 April 2010
Prayers for Peace has received a new award at Imago Film Festival. | more...
13 April 2010
Prayers for Peace has received a new award at Fallbrook Film Festival. | more...
13 April 2010
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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 15 Apr 2011