Animator Mike Fisher, whose 3-D Pete comics regularly appear in Animation Magazine, has informed us that his latest short, Alpha Worm, was selected for inclusion in the 2008 Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame Short Film Festival in Seattle. Fisher’s Goofa Man Prods. was represented at the fest last year with Fantastic Fortune.
Alpha Worm is a six-and-a-half-minute tale of survival revolving around an astronaut and an alien who are at war with each other but find themselves drifting helplessly through space together.
‘I’m a big fan of science fiction and the classic comic book illustrations of Wally Wood, Al Williamson and Jack Kirby,’ says Fisher, whose oldest son contributed a creepy space-horror score to the short. ‘I tried to capture some of that old look and feel in Alpha Worm. The animation has both 2D and 3D elements.’
Goofa Man Prods. has produced several award-winning shorts. Fantastic Fortune (2006) won first place in the short film category at the 2006 Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, and 2004′s Far Away Eyes won a 2005 Rosebud award and took first place in animation at the 2004 DIGit Media Arts Exposition. In addition, the last four short animations from the shop have all shown at the San Diego Comic-Con short film festival.
In addition to contributing to Animation Magazine, Fisher has been creating cartoons for sci-fi magazine Starlog for more than 15 years. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, where he works as a news graphics artist/animator. More information on Goofa Man Prods. can be found at www.goofaman.com.
Co-sponsored by the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and the Seattle Int’l Film Festival, the third annual Science Fiction Short Film festival will be presented in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. Winners will be posted at empsfm.org and at www.seattlefilm.org.