Featuring Fumiyo Ikeda. Filmed at Vooruit in Ghent by Pavol Liska. Edited by Kelly Copper in New York. Music is Tango Jalousie, performed by Leo Reisman and his Orchestra (1925).

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 (featuring dancer Fumiyo Ikeda) was one of a series of animations we made in the style of silent film using text from Life and Times - Episode 7. However, inter-titles proved a very slow way of working with such an exhausting amount of text. We knew that if we would make a full length movie in this same way, it would be twice as long as any of the episodes we had made previously, so this idea was eventually abandoned.

To see other animations in the series, go to: vimeopro.com/oktheater/silent-movie-screen-tests

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In 2011 Nature Theater of Oklahoma started experimenting with stop motion animation. Most of these short films were created with actors from the company in hotel rooms or performance spaces (dressing rooms, lobbies, etc...) while we were on tour in Europe.…


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In 2011 Nature Theater of Oklahoma started experimenting with stop motion animation. Most of these short films were created with actors from the company in hotel rooms or performance spaces (dressing rooms, lobbies, etc...) while we were on tour in Europe. While our recent performance projects explore extended duration (Life and Times being over 15 hours in length), the animations were a different way for us to explore time in short form. Most of these tests and exercises took just a day to create and were a way for us to stay creative in the "dead time" we experiences between performances on the road.

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