(by Jane Aaron and Skip Blumberg, music Donald Fagen, 1988, 4:15)
Music video for the end credit soundtrack song in Hollywood feature film “Bright Lights, Big City.” The wry lyrics and visual narrative comment on our past when it was the future. Songwriter/singer, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, did not want to appear on screen nor to include clips from the movie. Like other music videos of the time, experimental techniques are used to reveal the visual story of romance at the end of the twentieth century. Aaron’s animated hand-drawn and scratch-on-film high-contrast mattes were designed for the beat, the back beat and the second line, with a bar-by-bar storyboard to reveal the live action, and filmed on an animation stand then transferred to video. This process allowed techniques that were innovative at the time before digital effects. Skip Blumberg collaborated and directed the live action, with sweeping NYC long shots and crowded nightclub dance floor choreography.
“Academy Leader Variations”
(Produced by David Ehrlich, 1987, 5:40)
Jane is among twenty animators from the U.S., Switzerland, Poland and the People’s Republic of China, who present their fanciful versions of the "academy leader", the standard filmstock at the beginning of each reel of a movie that counts down the seconds 8-7-6-5-4-3-2, expressing international friendship and their shared love of animation. Jane’s countdown combines techniques seen in “Set in Motion” and “Traveling Light.”