Introducing the greatest musician you’ve never heard of.
Cro-Magnon Pictures’ first feature is a hilarious and unique blend of mockumentary and stop-motion animation. A Jazzman’s Jazzman tells the extraordinary story of fictional jazz pianist Gerry Carruthers’ lifelong struggle for fame and recognition. Through deadpan Ken Burns-style interviews of the people that loved and hated him, the viewer is taken inside The Silver Nugget, the Sacramento jazz club where Carruthers became infamous. The highs and lows of Gerry’s life, from the release of his first and only hit song to the colossal failure of his 28-member jazz fusion experiment, are ‘dramatized’ using gorgeous stop-motion animation of one-of-a-kind character puppets. A Jazzman’s Jazzman also features a lush original jazz score by Seattle musicians and composers.
Written and Directed by Ben Harris and Paul Maupoux
Director of Animation: Paul Maupoux
Character Puppets Created by: Eric “Two Scoops” Moore
Original Soundtrack by Birch Pereira and Tim Kennedy
Starring: Paisley Davenport, Ben Harris, David Anthony Lewis, Jessica Martin, Eric “Two Scoops” Moore, Terri Weagant, Jabrille Williams, and Robert Wright
This animation was made for the 2011 Portland Go-Green 48 Hour Film Project.
A mix of 2.5-D computer animation, stop-motion, and live-action puppetry, "The Fall" is an experiment in dimensional perspective. Written, animated, and edited by Paul Maupoux, it features the song "The Painter," composed by Cynthia Dillard.