A multimedia storm & stop animation for ‘Grounded’

Grounded written by Alana Valentine & Directed by Toni Main opened last week at the Playhouse Theatre in Newcastle.

It’s not a weird obsession. It’s a passion alright. It’s not a strange, dangerous perversion. It’s an interest. I have an interest. Remember those?

Against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastle’s recent history we meet Farrah, a teenager obsessed with the industrial port. It’s a fascination none of the kids at school understand. It’s fine to be interested in something, but take it too far & you’re a total freak. When a storm forces the Pasha Bulker onto to Nobbys Beach, & the world’s attention turns to the harbour she knows so well, all of Farrah’s plans for the future become grounded in a confronting reality.

This touching & unexpected coming-of-age tale by one of Australia’s most acclaimed playwrights, Alana Valentine, has been co-commissioned by Australian Theatre for Young People & Tantrum Theatre. Capturing the contrasts of an industrial city re-inventing itself in a new century, Grounded looks at the way life can take us to places we don’t expect. The commission of Grounded was made possible through the generous support of the atyp Foundation.

:: I can relate to Farrah, being a geek myself. The Pasha Bulka washed up on Nobbies’ beach in the heart of Newcastle the winter before I moved to Newcastle from Perth. I was looking into the Newie arts scene, checking out the This Is Not Art festival guide & looking forward to discovering Newcastle…  & then a massive storm washed a frigging huge coal boat onto the main beach in town. I thought, I gotta move to this place!

So I did & now I’m a part of the arts scene & I’ve been given a great opportunity to make my first stop animations & multimedia projections for Grounded in collaboration with my good friend & fellow digital artist Alan Whitehead. Alan & I created a multimedia storm :: involving ink blots & time lapse clouds – that washes the Pasha Bulka right up onto the beach/stage in the play. It has been a blast! Thanks go to the Australia Council for the Arts for supporting me in this creative project through my Artstart Grant.

Here are the stop animations Alan & I made.

Window 1 (stop animation)

Window 2 (stop animation)

Window 3 (stop animation)

Grounded has been getting some great reviews and will head to Sydney for a season at the Australian Theatre For Young People:

30 May 2012 to 2 Jun 2012
Wed – Sat 7pm, Fri 11.30am
Approximate running time 1hr and 30min with no interval

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