Animation 3/2/11

Featuring Jarid Rychtarik. Filmed in a bathroom in New York City by Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska.

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 decided to animate the tile on the bathroom wall. We started big and then quickly realized just how much time it would take to fully animate every tile using painters tape. It was a full time job for hours just to cut the tiny squares for this. As evening descended, we finally decided to just heave all the squares on to Jarid's face and call it a day.

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