A passion project 25 years in the making will come to fruition Wednesday night for a Lexington-based artist and filmmaker.
From a very young age, 61-year-old Bill Glasscock could be found with pencil to paper, scribbling in the margins of his notebook at school.
He was always tasked with creating posters for his third-grade class and drawing the giant Santa Claus come Christmas time.
"I was so bad at music," Glasscock explained, "That my music teacher would say, 'Bill, you can draw, why don't you draw the posters for the music.'"
In his late 20s Glasscock accepted a job at the University of Kentucky, where he stumbled upon a Super 8 Camera (named for its Super 8 mm motion-picture format).
He started fooling around with its stop-motion animation feature and three months later had his first film on his hands.
The black-and-white Cowlick (Landscape Dreamscape) consisted of 600-700 original drawings that constituted a short film of three minutes and 20 seconds.
From that point Glasscock was hooked, and a hobby was born.
"I think every artist who draws has the fantasy of seeing their art move," he said.
This hobby brings him to the Kentucky Theater Wednesday when he debuts another short film, Just Another Planet with Trees.
The film is about five minutes long (consisting of about 2,700 original drawings) and will screen after the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera, which is showing as part of the Kentucky Theatre's Summer Classics Series.
Just Another Planet with Trees has been in the oven and on the backburner for about 25 years.
Glasscock began the filmmaking process in the early 1990s while living in Chicago. But after a few personal setbacks including a divorce, the film slipped to the back of his mind.
However, he said it was always in the stars to complete and get it seen.
In the meantime he moved around, worked as a waiter at Alfalfa Restaurant in Lexington and taught art appreciation at three prisons as well as at Lexington Community College.
Glasscock kept his nose in his notebook, though, and continued making paintings and drawings and even presented at a few art shows.
But when a friend of his launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a music album, he decided to brush the leaves off his stalled film project.
Three years ago Glasscock started a Kickstarter campaign of his own and began receiving donations immediately, two from noted figures within the animation community wanting to see his project get off the ground.
In just under a month the goal was reached as 149 backers provided $7,916 for the project.
Just Another Planet with Trees looks like a simple flipbook animation, and the drawing style was inspired by the look of the old Popeye cartoons.
"My film is cruder than Disney, but there's a beauty there that speaks to me," Glasscock said. "I thought to myself, why does all commercial animation have to look the same?"
Once the funding goal was reached Glasscock hit the ground running, digitizing his artwork and collaborating with local musicians to find the perfect score to accompany the animations.
"Bouncing my ideas off the musicians is something I found really rewarding," Glasscock said. "They seemed to be happy to be a part of it."
There was already a soundtrack set to the film when Glasscock came to Duane Lundy of Shangri-la Productions to create a score more appropriate to the tone of the film.
Lundy was more than happy to help.
"Anytime you work on a project that's been in progress for this long ... it's nice to push it toward the finish line," Lundy said. "Knowing Bill for such a long time and seeing this final piece, it really represents him in a perfect way."
Just Another Planet with Trees is a film that is meant for people to perceive in different ways, and he's ready for anything.
As for the film's future, he intends to show it at a few film festivals around the U.S. and Canada in the coming year.
There's even a sub-category within the short film category for hand-drawn animations at a number of festivals.
Glasscock continues to wait tables at Alfalfa, but he hopes to continue to use his skills in animation either drawing artwork for another film or doing odd-job animations for various companies.
"It's been an up-and-down ride for the last three years trying to get it screened," Glasscock said. "But my interest has been rekindled."