Animation 1-21-11

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

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 (1-21-11) was made the day after we did the first one and in the same location. We were excited by the first film, but this time we were interested in animating more of the still objects in the frame. We then made attempts to animate so many of them that it became extremely slow going and unsustainable. Objects that we moved in this very short film were a scarf, a trash can, a plastic honey container, plastic cups, water bottles, and a Coke machine.

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