HEBER/OVERGAARD — Jesse Horn is one of those quiet guys you see around the community of Heber/Overgaard, but few know that he has hidden talent and he’s on his way to what I hope is a bright future for him, his wife, Pamela, and their five beautiful children.
Horn possesses wonderful writing skills and is in the process of writing books for young adults and children with a down to earth and mystic style. The hope is that some of these specialty stories will be published within the next year. Other talents include music as he’s a bass player in a local band when time permits, he’s pretty good with computers and also writing a series.
Another of his impressive talents is art. Recently Horn answered an open call from Brian Dunning, the host of Skeptoid and author and producer of a lot of other content, including the movie “Here Be Dragons.” His show is a certified media outlet for pre-qualifying for the James Randy Foundation One Million Dollar Challenge - it’s basically a bunch of skeptic stuff. Dunning asked his listeners if they had any ideas for doing animation for his upcoming 300th episode. For those who do not know, his show is about challenging long held ideas by looking at the real evidence. Horn sent him an email with some suggestions and a link to his website www.awickedworld.com. That same day, Horn got a response from Dunning saying that he absolutely loved his work and wanted to know if he would be interested in being the art director for the project. Obviously Horn said yes and right away they began emailing ideas back and forth. He sent Dunning some character designs and selected the main character that he liked. The ideas turned into the story The “Secret of the Gypsy Queen” with a unique concept of the filming of illustrations performed by Horn on a white board and matching the illustrations to the story. Dunning’s show is seen by as many as 300,000 visitors each week.
Horn flew to California to the studio to work on the project and complete the work with many other talented people. The music was composed by Lee Sanders, who composed music for countless shows and movies ranging from “American Idol” to being a six time BMI Film/TV Award winner for his music for “The Amazing Race.” The vocals were performed by Rachel Bloom, who is a comedian/singer/actress and was most recently had a roll on “How I Met Your Mother.” Filming the project was Ryan Johnson, producer and owner of New Rule Productions.
According to Horn, one of the biggest challenges of the filming was staying out of the shot, and still keeping proper perspective with the image. Horn said about his experience, “On some of the illustrations when we would finish shooting, the finished product was something that looked all elongated because I saw it differently as I was drawing it from the side then you would see it from the front. Some of this could be fixed in post; some of it had to be redone.
Another challenge was illustrating the objects on screen in an order that would make sense as the music and lyrics are being revealed. In addition to this, you would also have to be cautious as to how you held your hand so as to not erase what you had already done.
By the end of the first day shooting I thought my arm was going to fall off. It was still an amazing experience and everyone involved was very kind and great to work with. They are a fun group of people.”