Award Winning Stop Motion Project

LFAS students, Jacob Chernesky and Flora Xia, produced a stop motion film that won 1st prize in both the Senior Animation category and Senior Sound Design category at the BC Student Film Festival.

Blending the skills they learned in Computer Animation, Film, and Butterfly Effect (an LFAS Independent Study Course), Jacob, a writing major, and Flora, an art major, estimated they spent 1200 hours between November 11, 2014 and March 4, 2015 to produce the film.

The sounds were created from scratch using snare drums and various household objects. The students spent hours in the school’s recording studio matching the sounds to the movement of the figures. Flora’s parents pitched in to make the plasticine characters. “My dad created an assembly line in our kitchen; there were little arms and legs all over the counters,” said Flora.

When asked what advice they would have for students hoping to collaborate on long term projects, Jacob was very clear: “Make sure that the completion of the project remains the priority.” Flora and Jacob admitted they had a few conflicts but always found a way to work through them.

Both students are continuing their work in the studio over the summer by signing up for a July Independent Study session at LFAS.

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