The Computer Work
Despite all of this collaboration with human beings, the majority of the work was computerized in nature.
"The hardest part of making the film was by far dealing with the lack of social contact.
I used to do live-action filmmaking a long time ago. There's a lot of joking, laughing, socializing.
It's fun, sometimes, like being at a party.
On the other hand, working on Flatland was sort of like being in solitary confinement for two years,"
said Ehlinger. "But in a good way."
"The advantage, of course, is that you don't have all the silly drama that you get with live-action. Politics.
Anger. Miffed feelings.
Everyone jockeying for power. You don't have computers stomping off into trailers with hurt feelings."
"You could almost say it was like gardening."
This is not to say that the film did not have its physical challenges.
"I used to laugh at all that carpal tunnel and ergonomic stuff.
Not anymore," said Ehlinger.
"I finally broke down and bought one of those weird-looking ergonomic chairs that you half-kneel,
half sit on. Things got a little bit better after that."
Working on Flatland was sort of like being in solitary confinement for two years. But in a good way."