Published: September 8, 2020
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By: JoJo Scanlon, Columbia College Chicago
Category: Film & Television
Hashtags: #coronavirus #coronaviruspandemic #Editing #Film #Production #Project #Shortfilm #stopmotion #stopmotionanimation #Video
Final Lap is a short film I wrote/directed for my Directing 1 class. Originally, this project was supposed to be filmed on a sound stage with sets and actors. However, because of the COVID-19 virus, my college campus was shut down and the project in that form was archived. To make up for the credits that working on set would have provided, I created a Photo Roman and animated it- not only working behind the camera taking photos, editing, and animating it, but also acting and doing voiceover work for it. I believe this animated look gives the story a lot more character and although I would have loved to film this on a set with boom mics and trained actors, I know that this is the way it has to be. I'm thankful that even now during a time of uncertainty that I can still create art and entertain people.