During Deo's visit, Sarah Kinney discovered that her film was chosen as the winner of the All School Read Essay and Art Competition. As a result, she was asked to interview him.
This week, she was kind enough to give us a short description of her work and how she arrived at the spectacular submission for the contest.
Here's what she had to say:
I always liked movie-making, and would experiment with different techniques in my free time. When I first found out about the contest for the All School Read, I instantly chose to do a film. My dilemma was what technique I would use. I wanted to try something new, and I had never tried stop motion. It allowed for more possibilities in the movie since any unreal object could move.
At first, I just filmed the stop motion part of the film, but I wanted to describe where the bear came from. I have two dogs and they tear up every stuffed animal in their sight, so it worked well to have them included in the movie.
Before I even thought up any ideas for the movie, I knew what I wanted to base it on. After I finished reading Strength in What Remains, I was inspired to help someone else in need. I wanted to convey this feeling as a way of telling the author, Tracy Kidder, and the main character, Deogratias, what the book did for me. I didn’t, however, believe that they were actually going to be able to watch the film; I just wanted to honor them.
My favorite part of the video is when the art mannequin stitches up the teddy bear because that was the longest and most tedious part of the whole film. I’m so happy that it turned out looking the way I wanted it to.
I made about four movies before, and they all used different techniques, but I have never made anything like this film.