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Winner for Best Animation, Second Degree Bern: A Bern Notice Story | Q&A with Director Aaron Brigman

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Bern Notice - Miss Paloma


Bern, a self diagnosed schizophrenic, and his grandson, Tug, consult for local law enforcement. After solving a murder and finding out the man responsible is making a time machine, Bern and Tug must stop him before he travels back to 1998.

This is Chapter One from the the feature movie Second Degree Bern: A Bern Notice Story


A Q&A with Aaron Brigman

Tell us your film name, the category you won for, and where the idea for your film came from?

My film's called Second Degree Bern: A Bern Notice Story and won Best Animation for 2021. The idea of the film came from my love of early 2000's detective sitcoms like Monk, Psych and of course Burn Notice.

What were the toughest aspects of creating this film? How did you overcome them?

The animation process was difficult to learn but with YouTube you can pretty much learn anything. Also, just the lack of free time is challenging. This was a low to no budget movie so motivation can be tough to overcome.

What inspired you to enter into the world of filmmaking?

I really enjoy the challenge of creating something from nothing.

Do you have long-term goals for filmmaking? What are they?

I would like to find distribution for this movie and then start a crowdfunding campaign for my next feature length animated movie I recently started writing.

Tell us a funny anecdote or a memorable moment from creating this film.

I've been making this cartoon for a couple years now, so the most memorable moment so far is winning this award. It somewhat justifies the time and energy spent writing and animating the film.

Do you have any film-making influences or people you look up to?

In general I'm just a fan of the production of movies. I think it's fascinating how they come to be. More specifically I really like Neill Blomkamp as a director. I'm a pretty big fan of the movie Donnie Darko. Judd Apatow was a big influence on me for a long time.

Do you have a favorite film project that you have done? Why?

This without a doubt is my favorite project. This is the first thing I've done where I feel like the idea really came together. I did a stop motion cartoon years ago called “Squirts The talking Pink Eye” which was pretty cool and some other live action stuff that I learned a lot from. But this one, it just felt like I'm starting to figure it out.

What advice would you share with someone wanting to make their first movie?

Start small and work your way up. Trying to do to much your first time is not only over whelming but more then likely wont turn out. However doing something is better then doing nothing at all.

What are you going to do next?

I'm working on an animated sci-fi movie that takes place about 50 years in the future.

Where can we find more about you? Plug any social media links or info you'd like to share!

I would really encourage everyone to check out my production website Everything I do goes on that website. I also have social media links for Bern Notice. I would say I'm the most active on Instagram.


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