This is my M.F.A Thesis project, produced while at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. “The Eating Game” was shot in stop-motion, and filmed in my garage. Although I’m not sure where my thesis paper is, I was researching the Trickster archetype and how it applied to modern media. I had psyched myself out and could not, for the life of me, come up with an idea for a project to accompany my research. Carl Jung had associated the Trickster with that of the Shaman. In aboriginal cultures, when the Shaman needed guidance, he/she would fast for many days and wait for the spirits to deliver a vision. So I took advice from this and fasted for 7 days on nothing but water. I had never fasted before. The first 3 days were brutal, I believe primarily from caffeine withdrawal. Going from drinking 4+ cups of coffee a day to nada, is enough to bring anyone to their knees, and that’s how I spent day 2 and 3, curled up in my bed with intense headaches. On day 4, I felt much better. My head cleared, and I started to not feel as hungry. My senses heightened, especially smell. On the 6th and 7th day I went camping with my wife, I had caught a fish and was going to eat my catch, but it jumped out of my hands and fell back into the water. I could almost hear it laughing at me on the way down before … splash … it was gone. On the way back home we stopped at “The Crab Shack”, and I gorged myself their giant seafood platter. I experienced a huge rush of energy. Later I grabbed my sketchbook and pencil and I jotted down the first thing that came into my head. This was that vision. Do I think it’s the most profound animation in the history of film…. hardly… but I enjoyed the process. It was very enlightening. This is the last film I’ve made, and its from almost 8 years ago. I never really showed it to anyone other than my professors, so now I’m posting it for the world to see. I guess I’m hoping to get back into making my own films, but this time involving my children in the process (I promise I will not make them fast for a week beforehand).