Posted On: April 29, 2013
A post from guest blogger Amber Sziklasi – a freelance editor who has been working with us since 2011.
Most of my Q mates know me as a floor director and an editor but underneath it all – I’m a closet crafter. ( I don’t admit this very often!) I suppose it’s because I feel as though hands-on work isn’t as high up the “creativity” food chain as the digitally driven crafts. After all, how can a world of fabric, paint & glue compare to the world of After Effects world where elephants can fly? (Although, try telling that to any die-hard Muppets fans!)
Years ago, I mentioned to Graeme about my love for crafting and he apparently didn’t forget. When a project came up that could involve a lot of hands-on, crafty prep-work, he mentioned to Dorothy that I would be a good fit! I never thought I’d ever be able to combine these two creative passions in one job – I was very excited about the opportunity!
The idea was to make a 90 second film to celebrate Partners in Art a charitable organization that raises money for the Canadian contemporary art scene. They had been given the prestigious MOCCA award and there was going to be a big event at the AGO to celebrate their 10-year contribution to the Canadian art scene.
We wanted it to be a fun and playful celebration and since we were doing the gig PRO-BONO it meant we had the freedom to experiment and try new things.
I started the project by scribbling Dorothy’s ideas on a piece of paper:
– Wooden Blocks
– Pictures of the Members and their artist partners
– Key words for the organization–Education, Collaboration & Partnership
5 days later and the five sides of the 144 blocks were ready for their close ups. Leah Rifkin (my trusty side-kick) & I set to work on a stop motion test (a first for both of us). After a couple false starts, we got the ball rolling. And we discovered something unexpected – the blocks had personalities! There were “Eager Beavers” and “Pushy Pauls,” some were lost and confused and we both developed a favourite blockhead who we dubbed “the Late-comer”.
Happy with our progress, I started again the following morning with Josh Kaplan (side-kick #2) and we choreographed ideas for the whole video. A day and a half and thousands of precise movements later (and quite proud of ourselves, I might add!) we had finished the in-camera stop motion film.
Dorothy took one look and knew it needed a soundtrack reminiscent of Spike Jones. After finding the music, plus a session of crazy foley from everyone around the office and a drop of colour correction – voila! A stop-motion animation we could all be proud of was finished! Watch it HERE!