Animation 2-5-11

Featuring Anne Gridley. 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.

For this animation, we wanted to work with just the face and to see if we could attempt speech one frame at a time. Inspired by Anne's sweater that day, we found a curtain at deSingel that was made from strips of black fabric and animated that as well. We also worked with whatever objects were in Kelly's purse - an eyebrow pencil and a couple of Band-Aids. Magic.

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