After making several practical versions of a multiplane rostrum I assembled a more abstract sculptural piece from wood, acrylic and metal.
Multiplane Rostrum (Artists’ Maquette) is a ½ scale model of piece of equipment used in the creation of stop frame animation. The handmade scale model is a speculative sculptural piece with mechanism with frame, scrolling, trays and moveable arms. The various mechanisms allow visual materials such a filters to be passed below and in front of a camera in and out of the frame. The sculpture, which is a sculpture on what an animator needs to create an animation, speculates on the various processes involved in making abstract animation.
Title: Multiplane Rostrum (Artists’ Maquette), 2019
Dimensions: 24cm (w) x 28cm (d) x 29.5cm (h)
Materials: wood, Perspex, acrylic, metal, brass
‘Traditionally, experimental animators have avoided the standard animation stand and the production-line procedures of the commercial studio. One common bond among all experimental animators is that, in varying degrees, they personalize their equipment and techniques, as does any fine artisan or craftsman. Some animators have gone far beyond the conventional mechanisms by building complex devices…’
- Cecile Starr & Robert Russett from ‘Experimental Animation’, 1976’.
This coming March 2020 I am giving a lecture at The Royal Drawing School alongside Joan Ashworth about our involvement with Stories in Transit. All welcome.
''Joan Ashworth and Lee Shearman will unfold their contribution to Stories in Transit, Marina Warner’s project working with refugees in Palermo, Sicily that uses storytelling and narrative games to exercise the imagination of the participants.
Joan and Lee have worked with one of the stories, as told by Dine Diallo; one of the young refugees from Guinea. After an oral telling of the story by Dine, participants in the workshop made drawings in response, which were then translated into articulated silhouette and translucent paper cut-out figures. Using this artwork as material for animation, participants filmed sequences using a variety of creative techniques.
Joan and Lee will discuss and reflect on the processes involved in creating the animation, show examples of the paper puppets as well as screening clips from the film so far and reveal the next steps for the Stories In Transit project. shall be discussing our contribution to Stories in Transit, Marina Warner’s project working with refugees in Palermo, Sicily that uses storytelling and narrative games to exercise the imagination of the participants. We will discuss and reflect on the processes involved in creating the animation, show examples of the paper puppets as well as screening clips from the film so far and reveal the next steps for the Stories In Transit project.''
ANIMATING 'STORIES IN TRANSIT'
March 18th 2020, 6.45pm
Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch Studios, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG
£5 / £3.50 concessions
Read more about Stories in Transit website, or my reflection here.
ANIMATION: I have been experimenting with various ways of fixing an iPad above my work area. Rather than buying a metal camera stand I wanted to make something that could accommodate various additions, and be cut into and adapted into a multiplane camera rostrum. I found this embroidery easel made from pinewood so it is light but strong, and could easily be modified. #animation
ANIMation: Rotoscope / gif
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