We are so excited to be a part of the Philadelphia Flower Show in the booth of the Hudson Valley Seed Library! The theme of the flower show this year is cinema, so Ken Greene of HVSL decided to turn their booth into an animation station! On the outside wall of the booth, they will be showing winning entries from the seed animation contest. The clip above is the open call for the contest that I made with Ken last year.
We’ll post more photos from the flower show as they become available.
Our latest music video is Odd Socks by Dean Jones, our local Grammy-Award-winning producer and a member of the kids’ rock band, Dog on Fleas. This was an experiment I proposed to Dean, to let us use one of his songs as a project for Saturday Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz, a community arts program offered by their Art Education department and where Flick Book Studio offered two classes. As we state in our mission, we use stop-motion animation as a way to build connections. Music video is a perfect way for kids to get a taste of having their works and names appear in an “official” context, and for musicians to gain more exposure through the network of participating kids and parents. Enjoy!
Artist Neal Hollinger came in for 2 days to experiment. He brought a drop-dead gorgeous, surreal set made of insulation foam for the landscape. His friend Kieren brought a wooden puppet head. They used colored sand to soften the edges and also to animate, as well as some clay pieces.
In July, I invited my friend Wayne Montecalvo, a multi-media artist and musician based in Rosendale, New York, and Anne Gorrick, a poet based in Kingston, New York, to come into the studio and collaborate on an animation. It was my first time to meet Anne, though we had been Facebook friends. It was a purely experimental and improvisational project, with no expectation or plans. Animation was a great neutral ground which none of us was using as the major medium.
I asked them to bring any objects they may want to use. Wayne brought stacks of vintage photos he borrowed from a friend; Anne brought pages of her poems.
We began by playing around with the photos, gradually agreeing on tossing them into a pile while recording on time-lapse. We experimented with varying paces and angles; sorted and unsorted images; tried different tossing techniques.
Once we had a footage we liked, we recorded voice-overs on Wayne’s Zoom mic. We randomly read a sentence at a time from Anne’s poems. Wayne and myself, not familiar with Anne’s poems, or—in my case—working with spoken words, period, we were awkward at first. But in several takes, we got into a grove, and after a certain take, we all looked at each other and knew that it was a keeper. How did we know that? Hard to tell. We enjoyed feeling that it was good without knowing why.
We started at 10 in the morning and by 5 we had a finished video. We all added it to our portfolios and websites, where it will be available at the click of a mouse.
We encourage artists and creative people in all fields to give this idea a try. It is like going back to where it all started, making art for pure pleasure, with all your knowledge and experiences intact. We ask that you take either of our One Day Intensives or Intro Course first (unless you know how to use all of our hardware and software), then you can use our studio for $20 per day to work on your own or with friends, or if you need assistance, in project-based sessions.
We had our first workshops with adult artists this weekend. On Saturday, we made several clips interpreting the element water, in the first of the Elements series.
We had three objectives in this workshop. First was purely artistic, to create engaging clips and experiment with textures and techniques. Second, we wanted to experiment with a group dynamic that we hadn’t experienced before, of parents and children working together in a group. The third objective was practical and social. We wanted to build a connection with another creative hotspot in the neighborhood, FiberFlame.
[singlepic id=40 w=320 h=240 float=none] Christina and Shea of FiberFlame
Christina and Shea, the FiberFlame team, generously and enthusiastically lent us their materials to use for this workshop. Visiting their studio is a visual extravaganza. They picked fabric squares, beads, mosaic tiles, ribbons, paper, marbles, yarn, all in the shades of blue and mouthwatering aqua. They cut my task in half—collaboration makes life easier.
Pixilation clip made with materials provided by FiberFlame, by Zephyr, Cole and Suika
Since we are so close to each other, it makes sense to coordinate our efforts together to attract visitors from areas outside of Woodstock and Saugerties. Plans in the making are: interchangeable sibling discounts; joint classes; movie nights. It feels very good to be in the community of creative people.
[singlepic id=23 w=320 h=240 float=none]materials hand-selected by FiberFlame team
[singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 float=none]What would work for water animation…?
[singlepic id=32 w=320 h=240 float=none]sun-drenched FiberFlame studio