a fourth dimensional space warp brought her to me, oh yeah
- bonzo dog band, "beautiful zelda"
16mm film, 5 min., black and white, 2001.
Robot puppeteers: Jason Porath, Colin Brown, Jaimie Nakae, Mariana McConnell.
Robot building team: Harry Pottash and David.
Still photos on this page taken by Mariana McConnell.
Music by Greg Nicolett.
By September 2001, Garrett Gilchrist's Orange Cow Productions had made many, many movies, as this website can surely attest to. But in all that time, Garrett had never once shot on film. You know, film, actual film, as in "not on video." That all changed with "Beautiful Zelda," which Garrett and partner Maureen McG!nn!s shot for 310 class at the University of Southern California. For this film, Garrett designed and built a dilapidated robot, and enlisted the help of his girlfriend Mariana McConnell ... and more importantly her roommate Jaimie Nakae, who played the title role of Zelda. Eternal snappy dresser Volcano Todd was asked to play the lead role after Garrett saw his performance in a short film his friend Rob Keith was shooting for 290 class.
This was Garrett's sixth student film.
It tells the story of an artist named Kass who builds a robot to keep himself company. A lonely young man, he is haunted by visions of a girl named Zelda. Can Kass win out in the end, or will the pressures of the world crush both him and his robot?
photos by Mariana McConnell
The film was cut and edited by hand, the old-fashioned way.
"Garrett Gilchrist's new USC projects have definitely taken him in new directions. Beautiful Zelda does have its absurd points that can be related to Orange Cow, but the drama is what is really interesting and really good about this movie. I was able to feel for these characters, which is a hard thing to do in an amateur movie for most would-be directors, especially in a short movie.
Like Gilchrist's other recent work (and his earlier work), I highly enjoyed BEAUTIFUL ZELDA. I didn't regret the download time."
- John Simpson, The Amateur Movie Database
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