"Advanced Doodling" turns stop motion animation inside-out


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<p>Once a week for two years, film-maker Mike Cantor invited a team of artists
to his Oakland, CA studio to participate in an epic experiment in 3-dimensional
doodling. Together, they generated kaleidoscopic moving sculptures in a dazzling
variety of media and colors, all animated by stop motion photography. Cameras
also caught the action of the artists themselves, both in documentary footage
and through intricately staged time-lapse shoots. </p>
<p><img src="http://www.studentfilmmakers.com/images/Advanced-Doodling-Stills_6.jpg"></p>
<p>After over 2000 artist-hours of creation, Cantor spliced the stop motion footage
and the "making of" footage together into an astounding mash-up of
process and product: "Advanced Doodling."</p>
<p><img src="http://www.studentfilmmakers.com/images/Advanced-Doodling-Stills_3.jpg"></p>
<p>The film premiered on Mar 8, 2015, to a riveted audience at the historic Castro
theatre in San Francisco as part of the Scary Cow film festival, where it took
home the Members Award, Best Visual Effects, and Best Editing.</p>
<p><img src="http://www.studentfilmmakers.com/images/Advanced-Doodling-Stills_5.jpg"></p>
<p>"Advanced Doodling" is the third short film to come out of Mike Cantor's
"Hot Velcro Action" studio. His previous offerings "Hot Velcro
Action" (Best Experimental Film, LA International New Wave Film Festival
2010) and "Freckle" (Best Music Video, San Francisco Frozen Film Festival,
2013), screened in over 25 national and international film festivals. Both of
these films featured Cantor's unique animation style, in which stop motion techniques
are used to create vivid multi-media sculptures that evolve over time and scale.</p>
<p>"This film is a love-letter to the process of making art" says Cantor.
"When shooting stop motion, I constantly encounter these little scenes,
like a tray of bead-encrusted easter eggs, and think to myself 'this is more
beautiful than any art I am ever going to make with it.' 'Advanced Doodling'
is my attempt to give these gems their moment in the spotlight."</p>
<p><strong>Resources: </strong><a href="http://mikecantor.net/" target="_blank">http://mikecantor.net/</a></p>