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Topic: Sadako's Cranes -- an origami stop-motion short film  (Read 3537 times)
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« on: November 18, 2006 01:28:19 AM »

It's been a while since I've visited craftster, but I'm officially finished the first year of my degree and have a little more time on my hands now...  I study Fine Art with a major in printmaking, and also took a media/animation class this year.  My final project was a stop-motion animation, and I used it to tell the story of Sadako Sasaki.

The animation is linked from this blog post -- hope you like it. Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006 01:38:26 AM »

First of all, major props on posting the first video I've ever seen on craftster.

I just watched your film, and I'll watch it again tomorrow when my brain's functioning a little more fluidly.

I have to say though, I love the use of the scrim with the tree just after the scene with the explosion, and the explosion itself seemed amazingly innovative... awesome variety of materials!

Is this your first stop motion or have you been experimenting? I like the variety of techniques esp. in the first half.

« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006 01:43:47 AM »

Thanks. Smiley

This is my first stop-motion.  We studied a variety of techniques in class during semester 1, including stop-motion, then had to complete a full project using any of those techniques in semester 2.

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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2006 04:27:52 AM »

Your film was incredible and so touching, a beautiful way to tell Sadako's story. The origami is such a simple way to do it, but so moving because it's so appropriate. Awesome job.
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2006 07:17:09 PM »

Thanks CraftyLittleDevil. Smiley

I've just added the video to YouTube as well -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1TtwQ0gHIo -- obviously, it's the viewing quality on YouTube isn't as good as the video on my site, but it's more accessible.

« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2006 07:27:10 PM »

That was really beautiful.

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2006 07:05:39 PM »

When I was in fifth grade, I read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes for my gifted english class, and when I was finished reading it, I started folding paper cranes.  I have loved that story and the symbol of the paper crane ever since, and I cried just now watching your film.

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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2006 07:51:30 PM »

I know what you mean.  I first read the Eleanor Coerr story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes about 15 years ago, when I was studying Japanese in high school.  It had a profound effect on me, and when I re-read at the start of this project I was a mess all over again.  I read that book and another, somewhat more factual account of Sadako's life, One thousand paper cranes: the story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue, by Takayuki Ishii several times during the project, and ended up in tears every single time.

« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2006 02:50:02 PM »

You did such a beautiful job telling the story!  I love it!
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2006 06:23:52 AM »

oh god, I read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes in 5th grade and I cried so hard. 

You did a great job with the film--I love the unfolding of the papers for death & the credits.
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