photo of an answering machine

Filmmaker Mark Craig’s answering machine

I got a new phone, but on my previous phone there are some old voicemail messages I can’t bear to part with because they’re either funny or precious to me. I decided to save them, but turning them into a useless file on my computer doesn’t seem to translate any of the emotion I’ve got invested in them (these were messages that I would re-save every month, some of them for nearly two years). I decided it would be cathartic and fun to create an animation to go along with the audio. My inspiration for this comes from a few places:

• Talk To Me, a documentary developed out of 20 years worth of audio clips from one man’s life. Read about it  // Watch it.

• Crank Yankers, the Comedy Central TV show that features puppets acting out actual prank calls. Watch it.

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