Animation 1-20-11

Featuring Gabel Eiben. Music by Lumberob. Filmed in a dressing room at Vooruit in Ghent by Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska.

This video is part of a series of stop motion animations that were made in 2011 and 2012 by Nature Theater of Oklahoma as a preparation and exploration for a projected animated film that would eventually become Life and Times - Episode 4.5. The films were composed from individual still photographs shot with a Cannon Mark ii camera in various locations while the company was on tour with Life and Times - Episodes 1 and 2. No one in the company had ever done animated film before, and we were learning as we experimented. Breaking down time into individual still moments was a challenge both for the directors and the actors involved. The individual photographs -- done often over the course of an entire day -- were later assembled in Final Cut at a rate of 10 frames per second to create the motion.

This animation (1-20-11) was the first one made, and you can see no attempt was made to choreograph the entire frame. We were just experimenting with Gabel and had no idea what these images would look like in motion. The actor seen occasionally reflected in the background is Matthew Korahais. We were all in the dressing room that day doing laundry and waiting for our clothes to dry.

To see other animations in the series, go to: vimeopro.com/oktheater/stop-motion-animations