In November 2014, a class of New Media students from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, came out to my animation studio for three Monday evenings to shoot an animation project on my newly upgraded Oxberry Animation Stand. Under the direction of Prof Peter Bill and NY animator Stephen Dirkes, they shot the stills that became this animated short, using the newly upgraded and expanded equipment that was funded by the New Mexico Small Business Technical Assistance Program, and by my own Kickstarter campaign, the Oxberry Project. In search of a subject, they collected plants from around my house & garden, arranged them on the stacked glass sheets of the new multiplane, and shot the stills that became this "First Light", a term used to designate the first project to come out of a new production facility.
The class exercise you are watching here is my edit of these stills, to which I have added a long time favorite music track: a selection from Eric Dolphy's Music Matador from Conversations, 1963. I have attempted to reach the party who holds the rights to this music, but have not been able to get a response from any leads I have found. Many thanks to the life's work of Eric Dolphy, who died in 1964.