Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

Blanko – “Hallelujah”

Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 PM

Feature Block: The Well-Placed Weed
Larson Collier | Atlanta, GA | 2 min
Genre: Animation

There’s some hiffin anda huffin anda piffin anda puffin in Larson Collier’s animated lyric video for Blanko’s “Hallelujah,” with Jack O’Reilly on banjo, Merideth Hanscomb on bass, and Robert Smith on drums.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Larson Collier:

1. What is your connection to the South?

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia to a mother from Birmingham, AL and father from Goldsboro, NC. But raised liberal in a city so I’m not sure if that counts as Southern.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

In 2015 I won $5,000 in an entrepreneurship competition so as I was driving home I just started singing “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” and the rest of the song grew from there. For the video, I wanted to give a really basic visual representation of someone needing something and then getting it, so the geyser of water sounded appropriate. It also provided an opportunity to also express ‘too much of a good thing’ at the end.

3. How did you start making films?

The spark started in 7th grade, when some friends and I start making YouTube shorts in the vain of Smosh. Then in high school I joined the broadcast video program which provided an outlet for that interest, plus much better filming and editing resources. As for animation, I’d done a variety of stop motion clips and messed around on basic animation softwares, but it wasn’t until I really got going with Blanko that I began attempting hand-drawn animations, which have proven exceedingly difficult and rewarding.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

Nope, I just sat in a room for a really long time!

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

I’m excited to meet a community of small time film-makers from the region and learn more about the craft from them.

6. Why should someone see your film?

Because it’s really short.

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