Posted at 11:58 PM ET, 02/13/2013
Feb 14, 2013 04:58 AM ESTTheWashingtonPost
ARTMAKING, A LOVE STORY: How viral ‘I Have Your Heart’ film brought two creators together from worlds away
A still from “I Have Your Heart.” (courtesy of BATT/BOEKBINDER/CRABAPPLE - .)
KIM BOEKBINDER remembers precisely when she fell in “like.”
It was March of 2010, and Boekbinder — the Canadian-native musician who also goes by “the Impossible Girl” (after her first solo album) — was working on a project in New York with noted American illustrator/entrepreneur Molly Crabapple. They had decided to make a short stop-motion film set to Boekbinder’s jaunty, accordion-propelled song “The Organ Donor’s March,” and they needed someone to animate their Victorian tale of poor, pretty Cora, a young organ recipient.
Through Twitter, Crabapple (aka Jennifer Caban — co-founder of the Brooklyn-sprung cabaret/drawing show Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School ) — discovered Australian animator Jim Batt. As so, on that March day in 2010, through the borderless power of Skype, Boekbinder first set eyes on Batt. Two talented artists, both then in their early 30s. It was almost love at first Skype.
Crabapple. (courtesy of BATT/BOEKBINDER/CRABAPPLE - .)
“I knew I liked Jim Batt from the first Skype meeting,” the pink-and-blond-coiffed Boekbinder says of the scruffy Melbourne-based illustrator and puppeteer. “He was so smart and cute and cool. Mostly, it was the smarts that got my attention. But look how cute he is!”
(Don’t believe us? Boekbinder offers video proof. “Every time I see this,” the musician says, “I notice how cute he is, and how much I’m smiling.”)
not to get all caught up in a Valentines Day romantic blurb, but it's interesting how technology can facilitate anything and often does it in ways we wonder how we ever managed without it.