DJ Qberts Wave Twisters
to Air on Sundance Channel
Wave Twisters, LLC has entered into an agreement
with Showtime for the television exhibition of the animated, hiphop
sci-fi movie Wave Twisters to air on the Sundance Channel
for a 20-month period commencing in October of 2002. This will
be the most significant exposure for the film which has previously
played dozens of film festivals around the world, and has been
released on dvd .
Elaborating on the concept of his 1998 album
"Wave Twisters," Simons & Stein client DJ Qbert is
set to release the Wave Twisters Movie, an hour-long animated
feature that draws the inspiration for each of its chapters from
the tracks on the album.
The characters and storyline for the movie were
created by Doug Cunningham, also known as DUG-ONE, who joined
the Skratch Piklz team in 1998. Cunninghams own company,
Mind at Large, has also designed for San Franciscos Think
Animating and directing the storyline are Syd
Garon, Eric Henry, and Trish Golubev, whose collective experience
includes animating numerous short films and commercials, for Blockbuster
and Addidas, amongst other clients.
Qberts Wave Twisters Movie is expected
to premier later this summer, hot on the heels of Skratchcon 2000,
the sold out Invisble Skratch Piklz DJ forum, held in San Francisco
on July 1st.
For those of you who anticipated the release
of DJ Qberts first skratch concept album Wave Twisters,
there is yet another Wave Twisters configuration that
will captivate the minds of people worldwide. The Wave Twisters
movie, an hour-long animated video, takes you, the viewer, to
a world of beings where the only form of communication is through
the sounds of skratching. This civilization resides in inner space,
which is located in the diamond of a record needle. The dentist,
who is the hero in this story, along with his friends Rubbish,
Honey, and b-boy Grandpa set out to accomplish their assigned
mission: to spread the four lost elements of Hip-Hop throughout
The idea for the Wave Twisters movie
came about while Qbert created songs for his album. About five
songs into the record he realized these compositions ideally flowed
into each other, creating a connection comparable to an actual
story. From that point, Qbert decided to develop Wave Twisters
into a concept album, which included inventing the Wave Twisters
movie. Every song on the Wave Twisters album is a chapter
in the Wave Twisters movie. This will be the worlds
first hip-hop concept album cartoon.
"We have remarkably talented individuals working
on the Wave Twisters movie, " states Ritche Desuasido,
President of Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Inc.
Doug Cunningham, also known as DUG-ONE to artists
and fans around the world, is currently the artist for the Invisbl
Skratch Piklz (ISP). He freelances through his own company, Mind
At Large, and past experience includes designing for
Think Skateboards, an international company based out of
San Francisco. He joined the ISP team in April 1998, and through
his work he continues to capture the attention of people worldwide.
For the Wave Twisters movie, Doug studied QBerts
storyline and listened to Qberts tracks, and from these
facets he invented the characters of Wave Twisters. He
gave each character a distinct look and personality, and these
characteristics come alive in the Wave Twisters movie.
Bringing these characters to life requires creativity
and talent, which are exactly the skills that Syd Garon, Eric
Henry, and Trish Golubev possess. They officially became the ISP
director animators in 1997, and their combined list of accomplishments
include short films shown throughout film festivals around the
world, and television commercials for Blockbuster videos and Addidas.
Their incredible imaginations enable them to present the story
of Wave Twisters by transforming all the sounds and skratches
on QBerts album to actual visuals. By incorporating Dougs
drawings, they are able to give life to the Wave Twisters
characters, and lead the viewer through the adventures and challenges
these figures must encounter when tackling the assignment of spreading
the lost arts of Hip-Hop.
The first video completed for the Wave Twisters
movie is "Sneak Attack." This video premiered November 7, 1998,
at QBerts record release party at the Grand Hyatt in San
Francisco. "Sneak Attack" is chapter nine in the story and track
12 on the album. The scenario at this point of the story shows
the dentist and his friends searching for Honey, a b-girl from
inner space. One objective they must tackle is the enemy, Lord
Ook-Nod-Zeek-Oot, the evil mastermind who has been secretly plotting
to stop the spread of the forgotten arts. This particular video
takes the viewer through the battle of the dentist and his friends
with the enemy, and the actual rescue of Honey.
The Wave Twisters movie is expected to premier
in the summer of 2000. The artists, director animators, and everyone
at Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Inc. are dedicated to making this video
one of superior quality and total originality. This movie accompanies
DJ QBerts Wave Twisters album, which hit stores internationally
November 10, 1998.