Animation 2-11-11

Featuring Anne Gridley, Alison Weisgall, and Kristin Worrall. Filmed in an apartment in New York 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.

For this animation, we we were working back in New York again with furniture and cats. Cats, once again, appear when they want to and disappear when they want to. We also animated the pillows, a large houseplant, cups, and some hand-knit coasters Pavol's mom made. For this animation we also attempted to recreate the action of walking frame by frame.

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