Norfolk is a long way away from anywhere, and if I were you, I shouldn't start from here. By the time you get to the outskirts of Cromer, any distinctions between science, beachcombing, social commentary, writing and animal husbandry have started to blur. When the process is complete, you know you've arrived at the End Of The Pier Show. So, welcome. Find somewhere to park your unicycle. Pull up a girrafe chair. Make yourself comfortable.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Videography at the Maison Des Girrafes

My readers (both of you) will no doubt be aware that Crox Minor got a Flip video camcorder for her 12th birthday a few weeks back. She's already filmed a family holiday in Paris at Easter. But this weekend just gone she fulfilled a long-standing ambition and used her Flip to make a stop-motion animation. Here it is!

It was part (believe it or not) of an English assignment - to come up with an alternative treatment for a scene from Shakespeare. Crox Minor's favourite play is A Midsummer Night's Dream: her version takes place in the Purple Flower Nightclub and Bar, where evil barman Oberon spikes the drinks of clubbers Titania and Bottom with a love potion.

Crox Minor had made the Plasticene characters ages ago, but still took most of the weekend filming. I imported the clips (each between one and two seconds long) into iMovie, trimmed them all to a standard 0.2s each (though I left a few longer ones to indicate pauses) and added stock music and sound effects under Crox Minor's direction. Needless to say we think Crox Minor has a promising future in film-making. Our next project is to do a live-action film on Cromer East Beach that'll be set to the soundtrack of P. D. Q. Bach's timeless secular cantata Iphigenia In Brooklyn...

1 comment:

  1. Congratulation Phoebe and Henry, excellent work I will show it to him to my children, 11 and 13 years, also like to do this kind of movie!