As part of the inaugural edition of Rush Process Festival of Handcrafted Animation, BETA Theater, Rush Process and The Waughford held an improv-meets-animation workshop on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Inspired by Beta’s long-running Make-A-Movie Night, scribblers, writers and improvisers joined forces to rapidly write and produce collaborative animated shorts using paper, pens, scissors, and multiple handcrafted techniques.
Phase 1: Snippety-Snippety Hang-Out Times
The workshop began with glorious snippety-snippety hang-out times. Participants sipped on lemon-lime sody-pop, flipped through stacks of vintage magazines, and began cutting stuff out to create a community pool of visual materials that anyone would be welcome to use during animation production later in the afternoon. Some collaborated on specific character and background designs.
Phase 2: Idea Generation Through Improv Games
During a series of rapid-fire improv exercises led by Beta’s Traci Thiebaud and Jeromy Barber, the group generated a large number of potential storylines, then voted to select the four most exciting ideas. Workshop participants were split into groups and began planning how they would bring their assigned idea to life via cutout animation.
Phase 3: Rapid Animation Production
Back inside, the groups descended upon the community pool of cut-outs, and worked together to create even more collage elements to Illustrate their specific stories. Teams shot, edited, and scored their films over the next few hours. We ended the afternoon with a world-premiere screening of five brand-new animated shorts.
Watch the Films
Dr. Bing-Bong, World’s “Best” Mindreader
An intimate look into the mind-reading methods of the notorious Dr. Bing-Bong.
Unsuspecting humans attempt a peaceful picnic on the banks of a remote bayou.
Tom seeks solace in his first support group meeting in quite a while. But will the group be supportive of his recent life choices?
‘Work’ Is A Four-Letter Word
The phone is ringing endlessly. Welcome to the working week.
Ampersand: The Movie
A brief history of the Ampersand.