This is a work-in-progress project that started in our mini-camp in summer 2014. In four 6-hour-sessions, four students (age 12 and 13) created a stop-motion animation version of OK Go's A Million Ways. Three techniques were chosen (puppets, pipe-cleaners in down shoot, and drawing) to swap out ten short segments of the first 47 seconds of the video. They created the puppets and made paintings for backgrounds.
At least, that was the plan. After the first day, however, it became apparent that the puppets were too tall to balance easily, and the magnets used in the feet to hold them upright were too difficult to use. One of the puppets even broke at a joint. We had to give up before we made all the animation clips to complete the 47 second segment.
But we loved the project so much, we decided to keep working on it until we finish the entire video. It might take more than a year, but we will make new sets of puppets, bring in more budding animators, and try new techniques and materials.
For the time being, the puppet clips are left alone uncomposited, with gloved hands and all. As our project progresses and add more footage to the video, our animation will improve. The final music video will reveal the students’ progress as it advances, creating something of a mini-documentary. Stay tuned!
For more information and photos of the production, visit flickbookstudio.com/?p=2325