Peter Sluszka creates animation sequences for Miguel Arteta’s major motion picture “Youth in Revolt” starring actor Michael Cera. Sluszka worked closely with the director and the actor to create the animation used in the opening title sequence and the end credits. Sluszka also directed Cera in a pixelation sequence where his character, Nick, and his friend, Vijay, go on a road trip. In addition, Sluszka was responsible for recreating hand-drawn lovemaking couples as they leap off the pages of an instructional book in a scene where we see Nick hallucinating.
Shot in New York at Hornet's Brooklyn stage and on location in Michigan, the animation employed several techniques for each section. The opening credits were primarily done with stop motion, with Nick, his mother, and her boyfriend recreated in clay. We follow them as they take a drive to an exotic trailer getaway, barely escaping a gnarly three-headed sailor. The photo cutout road trip with Nick, Vijay, and dog companion, Albert, was shot with props and set pieces against a green screen using a digital still camera. The stills (in the thousands) were then printed and re-photographed to create the final animation. Sluszka then directed Cera in the hallucinatory lovemaking couples section, with the couples composited in post-production. The couples were drawn and colored by hand in a more traditional 2D style, then added to the live action. Sluszka then uses Flash to animate the end credits where we find out what really happens to Nick, his alter ego Francois, and love interest Sheeni.
Check out the opening title sequence, and be sure to check soon for the other animated sequences.
Exec. Producer: Michael FederProducer: Hana ShimizuProducer: Joel KretschmanDirector: Peter SluszkaDirector of Photography: Ivan AbelMotion Control Operator: Richard CoppolaGaffer: Michael YetterKey Grip: Joe MandevilleSwing: Adam Lukens, Isias 'Meno' PayneAnimators: Kevin Coyle, Matt Somma, Eileen Kohlhepp, Peter SluszkaArt Director: Elise FergusonCharacter/Set Fabrication: Nathan Asquith, Tim McDonald, Ben Phelan, Peter Erickson, Warren Bennett, Erika Bettencourt, Stephanie Zuzzolo, Dmitri Hertz, Faren Ziello, Emily Collins, Andrew Malliard, Justin Samson, Cat Kron, Valerie Piraino, James Mercer, Connie Chan, Samantha J. SmithAdditional Character Fabrication: Bandolier/George JenneSculptor: Michael LawrenceIllustrator: Ben KressProduction Assistant: Ramiz Monsef, Tim Kuhl, Matthew ChurchillTechnical Director/Lead Compositor: Arthur HurCompositor: Kirstin HallEditor: Anita ChaoProduction Assistants: Mike Seiser, David Oerter, Corey RyanFlash Animator: Dave CreekColorist: Eliza Ivanova