Animation 1-28-11

Featuring Anne Gridley. Filmed in a hotel room in Lisbon 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, made during another day in Lisbon with Anne Gridley in her hotel room, was our first experiment with clay-mation. Kelly had bought a lump of clay earlier in the day at an art supply store. It was a bit messier and more difficult than everyone originally thought and was the only animation with clay we ever did, though we did use the clay again in different hotel rooms to stick stuff to the walls temporarily. Finally at one of our many airport security checks in Europe, the lump of clay was sadly and inevitably confiscated.

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