Animation 1-30-11

Featuring Elisabeth Conner. Filmed in a room at the Ramada Hotel in Antwerp 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 was made the night we arrived in Antwerp with Elisabeth in her hotel room. We were at this point passionately obsessed with making animations and found it difficult to go a day without. For this animation we used one of the birds Kelly had in her hair and followed that object which led us unwittingly to the Annunciation and other mischief.

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