Animation 2-3-11

Featuring Alison Weisgall. Original Music by Julie LaMendola and Dan Gower (with the band formerly known as Ching Chong Song). Filmed at deSingel 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 one of the longest we ever made. It was inspired by the many empty spaces at deSingel in Antwerp. We decided the theme for this one would be the winter olympics (with a little swimming thrown in...). Alison was really game and had great endurance throughout the day, but the next morning had huge bruises on her hips from the ride down the stairs. The changing light here throughout the day became one of the more beautiful and unintended parts of the animation.

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