My name is Garrett Gilchrist. I'm an artist, writer and filmmaker. I was born in Connecticut, and moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC school of Cinema-Television, graduating in 2005.
I've appeared at several conventions as a presenting artist, and in 2011 I created an original comic series, The Chosen Ones. You can see my most current artwork here.
In 2007-2008, I directed Shamelessly, about a young woman who becomes a superheroine, and the effect that has on her personal life. The budget was only 6 thousand dollars, and the crew was tiny - sometimes consisting of only me. I handled casting, lighting, camerawork, sound recording, editing, animation and effects. Much of the film was shot on greenscreen and there's also a great deal of CGI and rotoscope.
When I was at USC in 2002-2005 I wrote, directed and edited a feature-length drama called Gods of Los Angeles - a story about love done on no budget at all. I learned a lot doing it- you might say that was my real film school.
I am a screenwriter and have published a novel, Cratchit & Company, set in the world of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I am working on a second, more ambitious novel.
I have performed stand-up comedy at the Comedy Store, Ice House, Laugh Factory, The Laguna Beach Brewing Company, Joker's Wild New Haven, and USC's Groundzero.
Since 2008 I've been a staff writer for Cinemontage, The Editors Guild Magazine in Los Angeles, interviewing Hollywood's top film editors about their work with directors like Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Terry Gilliam, Paul W.S. Anderson, and animated films by Dreamworks and DIsney. I've also written for ACE CinemaEditor.
I spent 2007-2009 animating scenes from lost 1960s episodes of Doctor Who, the legendary British science fiction series. This got a great deal of attention and was featured in The Guardian (UK newspaper), Doctor Who magazine, SFX Magazine and the WIRED Magazine blog, and screened on the big screen by the Kaleidoscope organization and Gallifrey Los Angeles.
In 2005 I edited a popular non-for-profit fan documentary, Star Wars: Deleted Magic, which used behind the scenes footage to show the difficulties encountered when shooting the 1977 film, and how this was fixed in editing.
I became well known as an animation scholar and film restorationist after creating an unofficial not-for-profit restoration of The Thief and the Cobbler, a legendary unfinished film by three-time Oscar winning animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?). I was asked to be a guest animation lecturer at the Santa Monica City College and ASIFA-SF. The project has been covered by Cartoon Brew, Ain't It Cool News, The Mythbusters Website Tested.com, The Nostalgia Critic, Cracked, and hundreds of other websites.
It also inspired a feature film by Kevin Schreck, "Persistence of Vision," which has played to great success at various film festivals, often accompanied by The Recobbled Cut itself. I am lucky to have had the support of countless members of the film's original production team, who donated rare materials. The first Recobbled Cut was released in 2006, and since then I've maintained The Thief Archive, collecting and restoring materials related to the animated legacy of Richard Williams. The Recobbled Cut Mark 4 was released in September 2013 after over two years of painstaking, frame by frame work. It is perhaps the most complex restoration of any film ever attempted. The Thief and the Cobbler was only available in very inferior versions before, and I'm proud to have done my part to restore the film's reputation. It deserves a place in history as a true classic of animated art.
I continue to work on new creative projects, and I'm grateful to everyone who's supported me along the way. Knowing that there are so many people out there who appreciate what I do makes all the difference.
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