Animation 2/13/11

Featuring Matthew Korahais and Ilan Bachrach. Filmed in an apartment in New York City 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 was made back in New York during time off. It was the first time we worked in a place with animals - our two beloved cats, Miles and Ancho. Cats, we learned, do not obey rules, so here you see them move in and out of frame as they wish - like magic. Since we had, for the first time, two people on camera, we had more hands available to play again with objects. Objects animated in this short are cat toys (balls), window dressings, pillows, pillow cases, chairs, sofas, pants, and light fixtures.

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