Animation 3/1/11

Featuring Ilan Bachrach, Anne Gridley and Kristin Worrall. Music by Lumberob. Filmed in an apartment in New York City 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, everything just got weirder and weirder as we went. We used rubber gloves, drawings of eyes, a roll of tape, and a piece of red shiny fabric we had laying around. The gloves (if you look) are shortened because we just could not get the entire rubber glove into the actors' mouths at full size.

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