Animation 1-31-11

Featuring Matthew Korahais. Filmed in a room at the Ramada Hotel in Antwerp 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 in Matt's hotel room in Antwerp. We were using the hotel ironing board for a tripod with not so great results (witness the shake between frames...) Matt started out this animation in a sweater and quickly learned just how physically strenuous animation can be - even if you're sitting. After every still take, Matt had to get up, move the chair and sit again -- which is a real workout when you do that hundreds of times over. We had to find a creative way to get his sweater to magically blow off so he wouldn't overheat. (It was a situation that repeated itself over and over - as we never seemed to learn just how overheated and exhausted you can get doing simple movements over time.)

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