Dreaming with Sebastian Junger: Evil Bubble Monsters

DreamStates: Sebastian Junger   Animation by Cole Gerst

Sebastian Junger is an American author, journalist, and documentarian, most famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm, his award-winning chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the 2010 movie RESTREPO, and his 2010 book War. Restrepo won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Sebastian co-directed RESTREPO with photo journalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed while on assignment in Misrata, Libya in April 2010.

Sebastian’s dream story for our new web series DreamStates was quite intense. In his dream, he recalls how, while embedded with troops in Afghanistan, his “dream state and reality would often get blended together”. In this very profound dream – Sebastian and his “older brother” are being attacked by incredibly evil and violent “bubble monsters” that just keep coming and won’t stop – with no end in sight. Very scary stuff.

Sundance Channel teamed up with creative agency, Option-G, for the new collaborative animated video series, DreamStates. The series includes interviews with musicians Questlove (The Roots) and Mike Gordon (Phish), actor/comedian Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), actress Malin Akerman (WATCHMEN, COUPLES RETREAT) and writer/documentarian Sebastian Junger (THE PERFECT STORM/RESTREPO).

About the Animator: Cole Gerst

Cole Gerst is a graphic artist and painter in Portland, Oregon. Originally from the deep south of Albany, Georgia, he grew up surrounded by many outsider and folk artists, including his grandfather, a respected local craftsman. As a kid, Cole enjoyed many of these artists’ fantastical stories about faraway lands, or conversations with Higher Powers. He was inspired by their ability to create art that revealed the world as only they saw it. Cole’s relationship with outsider art is evident within his work, which is spontaneous, whimsical and provides evidence of an imaginary dimension. Cole rarely redraws an image to perfect it; rather he goes with what comes out of him the first time around. It is his feeling that this keeps the image in its purist state, from brain to canvas.

After studying at the Atlanta College of Art, Cole moved to Los Angeles. He became the Art Director of House of Blues Entertainment, where he contributed to all of the visual creative endeavors, from art directing the branding and corporate identity, to designing and illustrating artwork for promotional items for each musical performance. He also helped to curate the House of Blues folk art collection, the second largest in the world. This experience furthered his relationships with outsider artists, while inspiring him to hone in on his own artistic style. He now heads up the firm, option-g, which is a multidisciplinary design firm which provides illustration, graphic design, art commissions and animation to the music and entertainment industry.

You can see Cole’s work at http://www.option-g.com.

Created by Option-G
Design, Art Direction and Animation: Cole Gerst
Directed by Greg Tomlinson and Cole Gerst
Produced by Calvin Florian and Greg Tomlinson
Director of Photography: Damon Ristau
Production Assistance by Reel Sessions
Animation and Illustration by Cole Gerst
Dream Sequence DP and Colorist Brian Smith
Edited by Azita Ayagh Morris
Dreamstates Open and End Credits by Eric Lacombe
Audio Sweetening by Juan Baez
Dreamstates Music by Ben Jastatt
Executive Producer for Sundance Channel Jeff Kunken
Thanks to Sebastian Junger and Katie Eldridge

Be sure to check out Sebastian Junger’s dream, and more from DreamStates.