Animation 3-19-11

Featuring Anne Gridley. Filmed in a room at the Relaxa Hotel in Berlin by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. With music by Lumberob.

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.

This animation was our first to use drawing. Drawing was by Anne on her notebook. Between every shot Anne turned the page and redrew the image, adding one further detail until he was whole, and then as she turned the page between every shot she was drawing him whole, but extrapolating movement. As the sun was setting fast, this ended up a very short film.

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