About the Film
Misadventure in Time is an experiment in animated comedy in its shortest form. With all of my animations I aim to portray stories through movement and character posture with minimal or no dialogue. I’m very pleased that there are a new crop of festivals, such as FilmOneFest, that honor my preferred choice of short form filmmaking and I am very excited at the chance of my work being involved.
An Interview with Lee Daniels
What has been a real high point point for you in creating this film? What excites you about your submission to the FilmOneFest?
There were many high points in creating this film, but most notably the inclusion of the ‘Young’ character’s 70s dancing at the easel. Originally I just had the clock show 1974. Then, I figured it needed more visual impact and humor. So, in came the disco hi-fi, closely followed by hip thrusts, finger clicks and through to an all-out 3 second boogie. It added one entire week to my production time but I think it was worth it for the gag.
A questions about “One Minute” films: As you think about one minute films, what kinds of possibilities are there for this medium? What does it mean to you particularly?
The limits of time allowed with this kind of short form filmmaking, encouraged by festivals like FilmOneFest, is that if forces you to be creatively economical and intensely pack in story content by any means possible. All of my animated shorts have relied solely on visual humor and movement as apposed to scripts, so one minute films are the perfect medium for me, as the brain is more adept to pick up fast-paced image beats than fast-paced talking.
Talk a little about your influences: If you think about the gifts and skills you bring to film-making, what do you find energizes you most? What inspires you or compels you in your art form, and in what ways are you inspired?
If there is a theme to my work then it would be ‘Schadenfreude’ pure and simple. Schadenfreude being the German work for enjoyment at the misfortune of others – or simply translated ‘Harm-Joy’.It may sound sinister in its translation, but really it’s the basis of all slapstick comedy, and that is probably the predominant theme throughout the work on my ‘LeeDanielsART Shorts’ Youtube channel.