How To Make A 95-Second Oscar-Nominated Film: PES Interview

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Animator and filmmaker PES likes to keep things short. Earlier this year he received an Oscar nomination for doing just that. His ninety-five second film, Fresh Guacamole, was the briefest film ever to receive the honor.  We discussed what goes into such an achievement, as well as his new projects, which include a feature-length adaptation of the Garbage Pail Kids series. We also touched on his roots, stop-motion techniques, Italian cooking, Vine, but overall, we really just talked at length, about shorts.

Thought Catalog: How did you first become interested in filmmaking?

PES: I grew up as an artistic kid. I was always able to draw pretty well and by the time I was in high school I was experimenting with watercolors. Then when I got to college I decided to enroll in some printmaking classes. I fell in love with printmaking and studied that through all four…

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Don’t Settle For What Doesn’t Make You Happy

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Why do we do it? We meet someone, we are semi-interested, we exchange info. We go out a couple times. We’re still very “meh” about the whole thing. Yeah, he’s alright, we think. And he does everything right. He calls and texts (but not too much), he does sweet things to let you know he’s into you, he makes and keeps future dates, he opens up. So you let down your guard, you open up, too. And you admit to yourself that you like him. Maybe this time is different?

And then it happens. His calls and texts get shorter and more sporadic. You feel like you’re the one always initiating. And thus begins The Doubt Game. You question everything. Is he not texting as much because he’s more comfortable with me and doesn’t feel the need to, or has he lost interest? Should I call him, or should I…

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Coffee Vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative


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I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.

When this happens, normally I grab a coffee to help get the ideas flowing, but for the last few days in Montreal, no one’s been allowed to drink the water due to a bacteria leakage, which also means, no coffee.

So instead, I grabbed the next best thing to help me get going — a beer.

This got me wondering about coffee and beer and which one would actually help me be more creative and get work done. Hopefully, this will help you decide when it’s best to have that triple shot espresso or ice cold brew.

What is creativity really?

From a scientific perspective, creativity is your ability to think of something original from connections made between pre-existing ideas in your brain.

These connections are controlled by neurotransmitters like adenosine, which alerts your brain when you’re running…

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The Key To Success Is Learning How To Get Yelled At

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Here are a few unpleasant things I’ve done in my life in order to avoid getting yelled at:

1. Stayed in a dying romantic relationship for way, way longer than I should have.

2. Ended said relationship with a weird, cowardly, morally questionable back-door dumping.

3. Lied about my personal debt situation to people who could have helped me out.

And here, also, are a few cool things that I didn’t do, because I was afraid of getting yelled at while doing them:

1. Pursue a career in music journalism (because a rock star yelled at me during my first-ever interview, and what if they all did that?).

2. Pull one of those bad-ass networking moves where you approach someone you admire and tell them about how great you are (because what if the person I admired just yelled at me for bothering them, and then I would clearly have…

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