I’ve been enamored with projection (onto art, buildings, cars, what have you…) for some time. But few people have made flat surfaces come to life like Davy & Kristin McGuire. I think this is simple, stunning and beautiful.
And if you think creativity requires a lot of gear, think again. The visuals above were created simply using paper cut outs, a 5d Mark ii, a projector, an old Macbook with After Effects, some builders lights (a la Home Depot), and some green cloth improvised into a “green screen”.
The Ice Book is a miniature theatre show, a pop-up book that comes to life as if by magic. It tells the story of a mysterious princess who lures a boy into her magical world to warm her heart of ice. It is made from sheets of paper and light, designed to give a live audience an intimate and immersive experience of film, theatre, dance, mime and animation. We created the show during a four month artist residency at the Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen in Germany…Before we started we had no idea how to make pop-up books let alone how we could combine them with projections. With a lot of care, love and arguing the idea eventually came to life. -Davy & Kristin McGuire
Now to my point. Whether you like HdSLR’s, projection, pop-up books, or not there are a few essential take-aways from this piece for any creative…namely :
1. Care, time, and vision beat budget every time.
2. Care, time, and vision beat budget every time.
3. Care, time, and vision beat budget every time.
Next time you’re lamenting a limited budget, turn that frown upside-down and do something amazing instead.
Tour dates for The Ice Book here.
(thx for the tip Greg J)