The Passion of the Crust

By Tk Published on .

Carolyn London is a copywriter at Lowe in New York, but she's developing a very interesting sideline as a writer/director, working with her animator husband, Andy, a former graphic novelist, as a team known as London2Animation. Their recent stop motion-animated 7:39 short film Subway Salvation is on the festival circuit, having picked up awards at ASIFA-East and the Florida and Sedona film festivals. Subway Salvation, a comedy that's chockablock with a variety of ethnic New York types portrayed as animals, concerns an appearance by the Almighty in the form of a half a turkey sandwich on a train. It was co-written by Joe Barone, a co-principal at New York music/radio house McHale Barone, who also did some of the voiceovers in the film. After the husband-and-wife team had sketched out the script and characters for Subway Salvation, London was recording a Lowe radio spot at McHale Barone, "and, lo and behold, we met Joe," she recounts. "He was a great fit for our project and he became my writing partner and the sound producer." Adds Barone, "Working on longer-form projects is always fun for me. We've been doing 'radio animation' for years, using music and sound effects to grab listeners' imaginations, and hey, it's easier when we've got pictures. It was also kind of cool to serve the crew God for lunch." The three are now at work on a second film, The Back Brace. "It's an autobiographical story about my husband's bout with childhood scoliosis and how his parents made him wear a back brace," says London. "It sounds tragic, but it's funny."

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