Stop Motion: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We were assigned in our Time Frame class to create a stop motion animation. I found it really difficult to settle down on one idea that I was 100% happy with. I started off by looking at youtube videos of well known stop motions. I found many that I thought were interesting but none that I could accomplish with my set of skills.  We were told to base it off a title of our favorite book, mine happened to be the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I decided that I wanted to challenege myself with something that I wasnt comfortable with, illustration. I was never a good at painting and sketching. I always found myself unhappy with my work and it just stuck to me to never lift a pencil again. I tried and gave it my full effort but every drawing I drew just looked like a 5 year olds mess. My fail at illustrating left me a week behind everyone else. After many other trials, I decided to follow what I knew I was comfortable with, photography.

My first idea was inspired by a food stop motion on youtube. It included various types of foods such as cakes and pizzas slowely disappearing from the plate. One of my other favorite books was Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert. My final piece was a pizza slowly disappearing into different shapes. The first shape was a heart and the last shape was a cross, relating to Love and Pray in the title. In spite of my long hours of work, I still wasn’t happy with how it turned out. I started from scartch one last time.  I decided to do a stop motion of someone sleeping and dreaming. I was happy with this outcome and enjoyed the process of working on this piece.

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