OK Video

Animation 8/19/11

Featuring Anne Gridley, Dan Gower, Sabine Haupt, Nora Hertlein, Robert M. Johanson, Fabian Krüger, Julie LaMendola, Markus Meyer, Moritz Vierboom and Kristin Worrall. Filmed in an apartment in New York 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.

This animation was created on a day off from rehearsals for the Burgtheater version of Episodes 3&4 of Life and Times in New York. At the time we were working on extreme slowness in performance, and part of this exercise was done to help the performers think about all the work that goes physically into a second of time. Though the action here is fast, the process to make this took a full 8 hours. Working on stop motion actually slows down your thinking and makes each 1/10th of a second full of information.

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