Screening!

Can We Be Happy Now‘ screened for two audiences today! The viewers were primarily children. It was very interesting seeing (and hearing) their reactions and interpretations. It was such an honor to answer questions and see that it’s meaning carried over to non-English speakers.

Speaking of which, Germans have got everything figured out; Berlin is amazingly efficient.

Sight-seeing continued with the Brandenburg Gate, a blocky memorial, some Wall remainders and a random art gallery. Oh yes, and all sorts of interesting people on the Underground trains!! Plenty of pictures are being taken (and scarves make nice jackets for rain, I discovered late tonight). Also, Caran d’Ache makes the most amazing ballpoint pens!

Right, and you can purchase lederhosen and the female Oktoberfest equivalent at the mall. Sorry, I didn’t drop the $400 for an outfit…

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Goin’ to EUROPE!



Hallo!! I’m really excited because in five days, I’m going to Berlin for the REC-Jugendmedienfestival, where ‘Can We Be Happy Now‘ will be playing on Friday! I’ll be there until the 16th, when I’ll fly over to Paris until the 22nd!!!

Excitement. Yes. Much! First time ever in Europe! First time ever trying to cram so much foreign language into my noggin! First time ‘Can We Be Happy Now’ screens internationally! First time I may run into gypsies… let’s hope not. MAYBE I’LL COME BACK WITH ONE OF THOSE GREEN HATS WITH A FEATHER! I’ll be equipped with my iPhone and Moleskine sketchbook, so I’ll post updates when I can! Wheeeee!

Can We Be Happy Now

Can We Be Happy Now from Tahnee Gehm on Vimeo.


A man in a grey, drab world is awakened to the beauty and happiness of the real world around him, as the spirits of nature take him on an adventure.

This is my final film at CalArts, animated in TVPaint!

(It’s also on YouTube!)

Painting Process



This is how I’ve tackled my film this year– completely in TVPaint! First, I’ll animate my roughs, using different colors for general cleanup. Then, I’ll make a silhouette on another layer, and using that as a stencil, create another layer with an overall gradient and a final layer with paint and eyes. Eeeek! Less than one week left! At least these are all done for the most part!

Film peeks!

Oh hey, it’s APRIL! That means it’s time foooor some SCREENSHOTS!!! Yay 4th year film!!!

Got the whole thing animated in rough, working in TVPaint. The huge task for the next 22 days is painting all the frames and compositing all the everything together! Good luck to all my animator friends, let’s conquer our films!