Meat Me In Woodstock, directed and edited by Marlon DuBois (age 12)
A 20-minute-compliation of animation clips made by FBS students from the fall of 2012 through April 2013 (except for the first two clips which were made earlier). It was screened at Reel Voices, a joint event with FiberFlame, on May 11, 2013.
Reel Voices was a delightful event. We had a very good turnout with an enthusiastic audience. The combination of younger animators (age 9–12) and older musicians (14–18) in the program attracted a broad range of audience with vibrant energy.
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The Story of Woodstock Meats Project
The Woodstock Meats Project is one of our pilot projects in transitioning from after-school kids’ program to a community video production team. We are focusing on the potential of video and stop-motion animation production as a tool to bring our community together—kids with adults, artists with businesses, locals with globals. In this project, we asked Kevin Christofora of Woodstock Meats and Deli to let us make their promotional video. Kevin is a quintessential community guy. He is the president of the Mountain Valley Little League, has organized Kids’ New Year’s Eve Bash at the Bearsville Theater, among many other community events and activities. His store is an old-fashioned butcher and deli, where he carries local meats and produces as much as possible without any frills.
We matched Kevin with Marlon DuBois, a 6th grader from Bennett Elementary School, to write, direct, and edit this video. Marlon is a talented young artist who has a huge collection of videos he directed in his Youtube channel. He is funny and friendly, and works well in a spontaneous situation.
What started out as a simple, small project turned out to be a community video shoot, requiring a lot of extras to come out in the wee hours of still chilly April Sunday morning, to run in a mob on Woodstock’s Tinker Street. It seemed doable when Marlon came up with the idea, but 2 days before the mob shoot, we still had no idea how to convince people to come out. We took the easiest and fastest way, and posted a photo message (see above) on our Facebook page, and asked friends to share it. It was posted at night, and by next morning, the photo was already seen by more than a thousand people! Within 24 hours, the post was shared by 22 people and was seen by 2500 people.
In a brief meeting on Saturday, Marlon, Kevin and I all agreed that we had no idea what to expect, so we would just improvise as we go. The next morning, about 50 people showed up. Kevin brought boxes of doughnuts and gallons of apple cider, taking the edge off the pain of getting out so early on Sunday morning. We also got help from Franco Vogt, a local professional photographer. The shoot could not have gone more smoothly. It took two takes to get a perfect mob scene running down the street.
Then the mob moved inside the store, grabbing everything in sight in a frenzy. To quote Mariella Bisson’s comment on our Facebook page, “running amok in the store was just great.”
Everyone involved felt the morning shoot was perfect, which is curiously paradoxical, because it was hardly planned at all.
We shot a few additional scenes in the following week, and Marlon took a full advantage of abundant footage from multiple camera angles. He finished editing in a few days, and we now have a video that is a great snippet of our community life in Woodstock.
On Sunday, February 10 from 1 to 5pm, we’ll be at Marbletown Elementary School to benefit their PTA. We’ll have two stations where visitors can make animated Valentines that they can email to their friends and families.
Then, on Tuesday, February 12 from 1:30 to 3pm, we’ll be at the Homeschool Mini-Expo at Gardiner Library. We’ll be joining other educators and program facilitators who cater to the rich homeschool community of our area.
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Marbletown Elementary School
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The show at the Woodstock Artists Association is well put together, thanks to the veteran Youth Program Director, Beth Humphrey. She created a welcoming space where the visitors can watch the animations, and view the production stills on the wall. The show runs through November 4, 2012.
Our first animation night took place at Roos Arts Gallery in Rosendale, New York, on Saturday, July 28. It started at 7pm, but the room was packed to max by 5 minutes after 7. It wasn’t a large space, but the turn-out exceeded our prediction. Those who couldn’t enter the screening room stayed in the reception room, or went out for drinks, and came back when we showed the collection the second time. Despite the heat and cramped situation, people looked happy and pleased. Needless to say, we were ecstatic!
In addition to showing animation clips, we were very fortunate to have talented Lucia Legnini performing her song with ukulele during the intermission. She was absolutely delightful, and had so much grace even in the hot, crowded condition. Thank you, Lucia! We love you.