Storytime! Collaboration Adventure: COMPLETE

We have finished. The last bit of editing is done, the music sounds lovely, and we’ve even entered into the Northwest Animation Festival for 2014. I am blown away. The last thing left is to share!

Since this was done through the collaboration of so many local portland animators, and the timing was right- there will be one screening before it goes live on the web. STORY will be premiered this coming Saturday at an ASIFA event here in Portland OR. It is free to come! If you want to see this on the big screen, here is the full information on the Facebook event:

In addition to showing it, I’ll be talking about the process of getting it done, the ups and downs and the wonderful things I learned through-out.

The next day, it will be live on Artful Raven’s Finished Works section here.

Don’t worry- I’ll make sure there is a blog post to announce it! In the meantime, here is the narration for you to enjoy:


by Sophya Vidal

What good is a story? I was asked.

Well- Once upon a time there was a little girl…

Wait, I’m sorry- that’s not quite it.

Once upon a time there was a valiant knight…

Or… was it a witch? a Prince? a Maid!

No, no… what was it? That subject of narrative,

that first time you heard that phrase at bedtime,

at dinner time, at church, in the library, at school-

on the grass simply cradled in the moment?


It doesn’t matter.

Because Once upon a time- there was You.

You, huddled under the covers, flashlight in hand,

towering over Lilliputians, Adventuring leagues under the sea,

or perhaps, like me, learning about love through tesseracts and

a bi-spectacled lady named Mrs. Who.


We learn our shapes and our numbers,

Our colors and our phrases,

Our Left from our right- Our Right from our wrong,

and everything in-between starts picking up speed,

Racing Memory-Molding and Defining because before you know it,

Once upon a time there was You becomes Once upon a time there I was,

Leading to the inevitable shout that dispenses with all formalities declaring simply:


And when asked, how did you do it?

We give names and facts, anecdotes perpetuating inspiration and animation of the soul.

We share our thoughts and elevate our performance, our perseverance,

Glowing brighter than one thousand suns.

It is in that sudden moment your “Here I am” becomes someone else’s “Once upon a time”

That is the power of Story.