3 Animators, 5 hours, 210 children = this 8 minute and 25 second stop-motion animated piece made March 5, 2011 at the Walker Art Center. After creating their own clay characters, children lined up to work at one of three animation stations set up by Minneapolis animators Katie Maren, Schell Hickel, and Holly Thorstad. The kids chose refrigerator magnet letters and a few spare props, and had fully imagined their plots by the time they got to their turn. When animators asked the kids if they had a story in mind, they’d immediately begin talking about their character and all the things that were going to happen. Usually they’d be in pairs or groups of three, and a brief pre-production moment would occur before they made the first set up and the camera took the first shot. The kids learned how to move the characters and letters just the right amount for each frame, and by the end of their session had animated a few seconds of pure magic. With instant play-back, they could preview their contribution to the Animation Station’s collaborative stop-motion movie. This is the final assemblage.
Deb Girdwood, Childish Films