OH BABY! – Meghann Artes (United States, 2019) 8’30”
First Place Experimental – USA Film Festival 2019, LA Shorts International Film Festival 2019, Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2019
More and more often these days there is as much science as there is miracle in how we all come to be. Oh Baby! is an entertaining and imaginative interpretation of what goes into the making of a human being. Start with a dash of Busby Berkeley dance spectacle, add a pinch of wacky Rube Goldberg engineering, top it off with a sprinkle of serendipity and lo and behold, here comes the little bundle of joy. This short film uses a mix of live action, stop motion and visual effects to tell its fantastic story. The result is a beautiful world where intricate choreography, a metaphorical machine and a cosmic trip all combine in a feast for the eyes, the ears and the heart.
Meghann Artes is an award-winning filmmaker and animator who has worked with Sesame Street, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Bix Pix, Nick Jr., and NBC. Her short films have enjoyed success in festivals across the country and, in 2009, her work for Sesame Street was awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody. Drawing from her small town childhood and her urban career, Meghann’s independent works artfully utilize handmade elements and modern techniques. Meghann’s whimsical subject matter as well as her use of color and texture draw in audiences of all ages. Meghann holds an MFA from the Animation Workshop at UCLA and is currently an independent filmmaker and an associate professor at DePaul University in Chicago.