Scottie ’14 had an eventful summer. Not only did she collaborate on an animated video at the California State Summer Program for the Arts (CSSSA) that will soon appear on the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) YouTube channel, MOCA TV, but she also created a flashy, inventive crown worn by Marina Diamandis, a singer-songwriter whose stage name is Marina and the Diamonds, in the August 2012 issue of Nylon, a popular fashion magazine.
Scottie attended a Marina and the Diamonds concert at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles this past summer on Jun. 10.
Her determination to get concert tickets required waiting in line for eight hours.
During the wait, Scottie met a group of people with tickets to the artist’s exclusive after-party. Given that they weren’t planning on attending, Harvey decided to use their tickets and go to the party.
Once Scottie was staring at Diamandis, she said she did not know how to react other than to give her a crown she had made for her simply because it was a “funny idea.”
Diamantis later posed with and commented on the present in Nylon.
“My fave fan gift yet,” she said, describing it as “A heart-shaped American flag tiara from Walmart decorated with hunting rifles. Like, where did they even buy those from?”
Scottie said she went into shock when she saw her little gift in Nylon later in July.
In addition, this past summer Scottie attended CSSSA animation classes every day for a month at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in the Santa Clarita Valley. CalArts was founded by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and its animation program is world-renowned.
Scottie began pursuing her passion for creating animation in the 8th Grade Digital Arts class at Marlborough, but she said her enthusiasm for the medium began much earlier.
“I love cartoons. As a five year old, I would watch them nonstop, and then it never really went away,” she said.
For one assignment, Scottie and her 50 fellow classmates were asked to spy on people around CalArts, draw them as animated characters and later create some sort of dance move for them.
“I spied on two hipster preteens taking pictures and then molded them into one person, kind of like conjoined twins,” Scottie said.
She had to create a total of 60 frames and then loop, or connect, them to form a seemingly continuous dance. Each student’s dancing animated character was later included in the final animation video, edited to the song “She’s the One” by Japanther.
The video will soon be viewable on MOCA’s new online component, MOCA TV, which was the first contemporary art channel to be added to YouTube.
Scottie’s collaboration will be launched this October as part of the site’s new Cinethesis program, a sequence that connects musicians and visual artists through music videos.
Visual arts instructor Josh Deu, a significant contributor to Harvey’s animation career, said he was very pleased with her summer accomplishments.
“Scottie’s an influencer… but not an extrovert. She has this level of taste that makes people respect her sense of humor and aesthetic. She’s very post-modern without even knowing it,” Deu said.
Scottie said she is working toward mastering animation in order to fulfill her dream of having her own cartoon show someday.