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Rocks in My Pockets
Series of photos illustrates the story of how "Rocks In My Pockets", a funny film about depression, was brought to audiences around the world.
Signe in the booth, recording Latvian version of "Rocks In My Pockets"
Paper mache rocks waiting to be painted
Paper mache rocks painted, waiting to be thrown into audience. If you catch the rock you'll be lucky in love for 27 years
Signe greets "Rocks" audience in Annecy 2015
Annecy director Marcel Jean introduces "Rocks In My Pockets" at the festival (2015)
DOK Leipzig audience (2015) after "Rocks In My Pockets" screening, waiting for paper mache rocks to be thrown at them
Rendezvous With Madness (Toronto, 2014) audience after "Rocks In My Pockets" screening, waiting for Signe to throw paper mache rocks at them
Signe throws a paper mache rock to the audience in Annecy 2015
Signe conducts a Q&A with the audience at the Open Mind Event, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA, 2014
A Q&A with Signe after "Rocks In My Pockets" screening in Annecy 2015
"Rocks In My Pockets" receives an award at ANIMATOR (Poland, 2014)
Signe in front of a grand "Rocks In My Pockets" poster in Karlovy Vary (2014)
Signe in front of "Rocks In My Pockets" Latvian poster in Riga, 2014
As a publicity stunt Signe harasses passersby inviting them to a "Rocks In My Pockets" screening (Riga, 2014)
"Rocks In My Pockets" co-producers (from left): Sturgis Warner, Signe Baumane and Roberts Vinovskis
"Rocks In My Pockets" co-producers Sturgis Warner and Signe Baumane in front of a b&w picture of Academy Awards 1937
The "Rocks" run for the Oscars
"The Gutsiest Animated Story of this Oscar Season"
Audience in LA lines up to see "Rocks In My Pockets (2014)
"Rocks" theatrical run in LA
"Rocks" theatrical run in San Francisco (2014)
"Rocks In My Pockets" at the IFC Center, NYC 2014
Signe does Q&A at Palm Springs International Film Festival (2015)
Co-producers Sturgis Warner and Signe Baumane surrounded by the Incredibles
After not winning an Oscar, the co-producers Signe Baumane and Sturgis Warner are forced to sell DVDs of their film on the streets of New York
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My Love Affair With Marriage
Currently in production, Signe Baumane’s second animated feature will follow the story of Zelma, a young woman navigating the world of relationships and how the forces of Biology and her culture’s stereotypes influence her as she is transformed by her marriages.
Still from test animation that was created for Kickstarter campaign.
Chapel background for Kickstarter animation sample.
Still from final test footage, combining the 2-D animation of the bride with the stop-motion background of the chapel.
Signe drawing on a light box, starting the first scenes of animation right after the Kickstarter campaign.
An animation turntable that allows objects in front of the camera to be rotated at a controlled speed.
The components needed to build the classroom set.
Getting started on building miniature classroom desks.
Halfway through the process of assembling desks.
These frames hold the desks together while waiting for the glue to dry.
Finally all of the desks are ready to be turned over and assembled into rows.
The desks are lined up in front of the camera to form the final classroom set.
Sturgis and Signe recording actors at 3rd Street ADR in Santa Monica, CA.
Matthew Modine recording the voice for Bo at 3rd Street ADR.
Cameron Monaghan in the studio, recording the voice of Sergei.
Emma Kenney recording the voice of Sarma.
Ruby Modine recording the voice of Nina.
The last lines of dialogue were recorded by Stephen Lang, as the voice of Jonas, a Bohemian artist.
Arjun Sheth at Final Frame, selecting the best takes of dialogue and editing the complete dialogue track together.
Celebrating the completion of the sound track for “My Love Affair With Marriage” with Arjun Sheth.
Visiting the office of Locomotive Productions in Latvia.
Signe and Sturgis in Latvia with co-producer Roberts Vinovskis.
Another background set, an art gallery, is placed in front of the camera.
Signe’s skill with a sewing machine comes in handy when it’s time to decorate the sets.
Close-up of the paper-maché horses for the carousel set.
This set is the hallway of a Soviet school - first Sturgis builds the set in the carpentry department.
Signe then glues paper-maché over the wood to create a texture, and then adds a black undercoat of paint.
Signe adds another five coats of paint and this section of the hallway is complete.
Sturgis builds a stairway, recycling the pink stairs from another set.
The stairs get repainted blue, and two sections of stairway are combined to double the length of the stairs, with the unpainted white piece connecting the sections.
The whole hallway set is moved to the photography room, and it needs to be elevated to accommodate the long stairs.
The scene is lit up, and a dimmer board is used to sculpt the light, mixing light and shadows together.
Lighting tests are then done on an iPhone, to see if the mix of light and shadows looks good and interesting.
Another lighting test, the angle shows the POV of Zelma walking to her classroom on the first day of school.
Another lighting test, for when Zelma sees the Boy with Green Eyes, and the hallway will then explode in glorious orange light.
The next set is the carousel in the park, where five scenes will be shot. The trees are made of paper-maché also.
In the prop room, a larger version of the carousel horses.
And a large cat head, which has a room inside of its mouth.
Paper-maché rocks, which are NOT meant to be put in pockets.
A paper-maché bathtub being made in the prop room. Or is it a person?
A fellow with a split personality being made in the prop room.
A big man with spiky hair, carrying a suitcase and another bag.
A bleak tree with no leaves being made in the prop room.
Margarita assembles a life-sized skeleton from a kit.
The completed skeleton, called “Good Will” by some, and “Mr. Bones” by others.
The train car set.
Voice actor Kaspars Znotins, recording dialogue for the Latvian version of “My Love Affair with Marriage”.
Recording dialogue in Latvia with Anete Vanaga.
At MUTE Studio in Latvia with Arnis Racinskis and LMND / Limonade.
Actress Guna Zarina recording the voice of Biology for the Latvian version of the film.
The pop music trio LMND / Limonade, recording the voices of the Mythology Sirens for the Latvian version of the film.
The set for Zelma’s bedroom, during the construction process.
Zelma’s bedroom set, with paint and furniture added, also a window to allow moonlight to enter.
Close-up of Zelma’s bedroom, with the wardrobe and moonlight hitting the bed.
Signe doing camera tests with Zelma’s bedroom set.
Finished prop - the cat head is now a cat room.
Finished prop - the bathtub is now a bathtub-shaped man filled with eyeballs.
Finished prop - the split-personality person.
Finished prop - the big, spiky haired man, carrying a suitcase and a bag.