Jeff Scher

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ten days ago, I met my long-time friend, artist/animator Jeff Scher, for breakfast in a coffee shop near where we both live in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 2009, I’d made a brief YouTube documentary about Jeff. I made it in large part because I think he’s a genius and was very curious to see how he creates his extraordinary films. Here it is:

Unfortunately, the studio you see in this video was completely trashed by Sandy. This is what it looks like today:

Jeff's Studio

I spent a few hours today digging through the wreckage trying to help him salvage some things. It was heartbreaking for me to see thousands of his beautiful paintings destroyed. He was philosophical about it. For him it was all about his movies, and all--or at least most--of the films and videos were safe.

We should all count our blessings. I live a block or so away from Jeff and came out of Sandy completely unscathed.

My previous conversation with Jeff gave me a lot of exciting new ideas for the work I’m trying to do here. I will write about it soon… just not today.