“First Contact” by Owen Dennis

Owen Dennis, an English teacher working in China, took about 6 months in his spare time to create this 4 minute animated video for his band, Galactaron. The group’s new album is a musical “about an alien band that travels to Earth and meets their first human, Emily Wong.”

Says Dennis: “The reason the video looks reminiscent of a VHS is because I wanted to bring a childlike feeling to it. For me, childhood was the early 90’s. That means people had non-earbud headphones and they watched things on VHS.”

“It’s not exactly like a VHS however, because I wanted the audience to feel now what it felt like back then. Therefore, it’s HD, but with elements of the time period added in (film flicker, mild tracking issue, hand painted lens flairs, etc). It is voiced by myself and Delilah Zhang.”


  • eeteed

    “… took about 6 months in his spare time to create this 4 minute animated video …”

    the mind boggles!

    great job!

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I suppose it would fits my childhood too (though mine was the early 80′s when VCR’s just showed up). Course I kinda wish it appeared like it was 2nd or 3rd generation from the original.

  • http://www.rauchbrothers.com Tim Rauch

    OWEN! You got skills! Do what you like, but you could work in animation, no problem. Not only was that nicely executed, it was a total mind trip. Loved it.

  • http://www.galactaron.com Owen Dennis

    Why thank you everybody! It’s waaaay awesome to be on cartoon brew. Thanks a lot Jerry, it’s an honor!

  • http://adinacohen.com Adina Cohen

    I’m currently going to MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and I’ve seen a bunch of the short’s Owen made here. Very inspiring. :) Especially the Stop Motion short Shell Hickel showed in class…..wow….

    Nice to see that he’s still animating. :D

  • Rick R.

    What a nice feeling, and great music! Thanks!

  • http://midnightheist.deviantart.com/ Scott

    Ha, some nice elements in this.
    Especially the anti-grav bat/drumkit. :D

  • http://andrewchesworth.blogspot.com Andrew Chesworth

    I’ve known Owen since summer of 2006 when he was my neighbor on campus at MCAD. He never ceases to surprise me with all of his ideas and talents. His has an enviable work ethic, and yet still manages to make time for a large number of hobbies and interests. From “8-bit Starcraft” to teaching English in China to this, I can’t wait to see what Owen shares with the world next.

    By the way, I loved the music, Owen!

  • Nick Name

    Brilliant video, great music. Thank you Owen.

  • http://woweh.com Kelly

    6 months? Holy smokes!
    LOVED the video. Fun, creative, and reminds me of that by-gone era of taping cool cartoons off the TV.