A love for animation

Darrell Cole
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Catherine Bussieres animated short featured at Cumberland County Museum

AMHERST  Catherine Bussiere is fascinated by claymation.

A love for animation

AMHERST  Catherine Bussiere is fascinated by claymation.

Since hosting a youth workshop last year in which participants completed a project using the art of stop-motion animation, Bussiere was inspired with claymation and made it part of the animated short, Skipping School, that shes presenting at the Cumberland County Museum through Sept. 22.

Its an opportunity to show something that I have been working on for many months and its something Id like to expand upon and do workshops in area schools, said Bussiere, who completed Skipping School with the assistance of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

The 13-minute film features four shorts, three of which are animated. Each of the films centers around short stories and poems written by her children, who were home schooled at the time of production. The children are featured in the film along with animated shorts.

Its a different approach to talking about home schooling, she said. Its a point of view. The four stories are linked together by an interview with one of my children. He talks about his experiences home schooling.

Along with claymation, Bussiere, a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community Colleges screen arts program, also uses silhouette animation as well as mixed animation.

Museum curator Sheila Nickerson said Bussieres exhibit is an example of the new direction the organization is taking as it attempts to attract more people to the building.

This is a good transition for us in that it allows us to introduce new and different things into the museum, Nickerson said. Were hoping it will help bring people in who wouldnt normally come to a museum.

In clay animation, which is one of the many forms of stop motion animation, each object is sculpted in clay or a similarly pliable material such as Plasticine, usually around a wire skeleton called an armature.

As in other forms of object animation, the object is arranged on the set, a film frame is taken and the object or character is then moved slightly by hand. Another frame is taken and the object moved slightly again. This cycle is repeated until the animator has achieved the desired amount of film.

People, especially children are fascinated with it because its almost like magic, said Bussiere, who lives in Beckwitch.

The exhibit will close with a 90-minute workshop on Sept. 22 for anyone interested in learning more about claymation animation.

There is a small fee and to pre-register, contact the museum at 667-2561.


Organizations: Cumberland County Museum, Skipping School, Canada Council for the Arts Nova Scotia Community Colleges

Geographic location: Beckwitch

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