Animation 2-1-11

Featuring Daniel Gower. Filmed in a room at the Ramada Hotel in Antwerp by Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska. Music: The Bran Flakes.

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 with Dan Gower in his hotel room in Antwerp. We used the towel which for some reason took on a very spooky persona when we tried to animate it. Dan also really allowed himself to be an object that we could animate, which maybe added to the feeling maybe of spiritualism and possession in this one. The steam from his hand on the cold window was also an inspiration while we were making it.

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