Animation 3/16/11

Featuring Ilan Bachrach, Kelly Copper, Gabel Eiben, and Matthew Korahais. Filmed at the Hebbel Theater HAU1 lobby by 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, we animated all of the furniture in the HAU 1 lobby area. The good old lobby has since been refinished and all these chairs are gone, so it's become a kind of tribute piece to a place we particularly love. Pavol did most of the moving of the chairs all day as Kelly didn't feel well. In the end, he was exhausted, and when the three actors (Matt, Gabel and Ilan) ended rehearsal and offered to help finish the piece we were both very relieved.

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