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Animation festival shows student work

Published May 31, 2004; Category: STUDENTS

Show includes hand-drawn films, one computer film

A free, public festival of student-animated films will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, in Loew Auditorium. The films, created by 14 students who have taken Film Studies 35 (Animation), show the work created in class, about 25 films, only one of which was created on a computer.

A scene from Ivy Pruss '07's animated film Midnight
A scene from Ivy Pruss '07's animated film Midnight. (Image courtesy of Ivy Pruss '07)

Two films, Curcat and his Lion by Helen Kang '06, and Midnight by Ivy Pruss '07, began in FS 35, but grew into independent-study projects.

"It took a lot of outside work," Pruss said, estimating that she spent more than 300 hours creating a film of less than two minutes. And she has yet to add a soundtrack. The time-consuming part, she said, is the color. She used charcoals and colored pencils to make well-shaded drawings, and a few of the drawings took 90 minutes to create, but they each get only an eighth of a second of exposure in the final film.

"It's physically demanding, to just sit there for so long," she said. "I'm young now, and I don't have a lot of responsibilities, and that's key to being able to get stuff done."

She describes her film as a free flow of images loosely connected, but without a plot. The moon, for example, drips in the beginning of the film, and it drips into the shape of a person, which then splits off into other people.

A scene from Helen Kang '07's animated film Curcat and his Lion
A scene from Helen Kang '06's animated film Curcat and his Lion. (Image courtesy of Helen Kang '07)

"Her film is up in the air," Kang said about Pruss's film. "It's hard to follow, but more interesting, and her shading is really impressive."

Kang's film took half the time to produce, and she said rather than putting a lot of artistry into the shading and coloring, she focused on motion. It also has a plot, following the relationship between a boy and a lion as they grow.

The thrill of animating comes "in seeing your character come alive, to see it move off the page. It's an incredible feeling," Kang said. "It makes you appreciate animation more. You sit in front of another animation, and you just don't look at it the same way."

By AMANDA WEATHERMAN

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