“Hamar” by Sara Gunnarsdottir

It’s Experimental Animation time on Cartoon Brew!

Sara Gunnarsdottir just graduated from CalArts with a masters degree in experimental animation. This spring Gunnarsdottir has been working with Icelandic musician Kira Kira on her new album, Feathermagnetic, making concert visuals and music videos based on her sound. This stunning video, taken from her work, was edited to the song Hamar. Turn the volume up.

I asked Gunnarsdottir to explain how this film came to be – and how she created it. She said:

“Originally I created the loops as visuals for Kira Kira’s concerts, and she has already performed using them in Moscow and Tokyo; next up, her concert in Berlin July 8th. For that concert the visual piece lasts for 47 minutes – the total length of the album. I decided to use the bulk of the visuals for a shorter piece, a more music video-type version, Hamar. The loops are hand drawn on paper and then colored in photoshop. I used the same loops more then once, in most cases, to make different cycles or various movements within After Effects. It was both fun and surprising experimenting with the effects and blending modes in AE.”


  • Christine

    This is terrific-thanks for sharing!

  • JosephSchmoe

    This is visually and aurally clever and beautiful.
    Nice to see Disney’s Fantasia (1940) continue to be re-invented, over 70 years later.

    • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

      Funny. At 1:37 I started to see demon faces —just like in Fantasia!

  • http://fmhansen.com Frank M Hansen

    Very cool. Always good to see people experimenting with animation and trying new things. like the idea of animation set to atmospheric music like this.