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Mary Otis, animated [video]

January 27, 2012 | 11:13 am

Los Angeles author Mary Otis is the latest to get the animation treatment from the innovative magazine Electric Literature. Electric Literature is released simultaneously in print and e-book formats, and frequently leverages multimedia forms to explore different aspects of storytelling.

For its animations, Electric Literature asks a contributor to select a single sentence from the piece that appears in the magazine. That sentence is handed over to an animator, who gives it an artistic rendering that may or may not have much to do with the story itself. It's one creative work spawning a separate, adjacent creative work in a different form.

Otis' short story "Where We Missed Was Everywhere" appears in Electric Literature No. 6. The sentence, as you'll see above, is "We shake as hard as we can, dancing without moving, as if the lady is coming and she'll save us for free."


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