The Making of... The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a short film created by MOONBOT Studios, an initiative of William Joyce, Lampton Enochs and Brandon Oldenburg.  Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story.  Brandon Oldenburg shares, “Everyone’s life is a story and we have moments when a storm can come along and wipe it out requiring us to start over.  Morris takes us his journey to start over.”  

Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation), award winning author, illustrator, and filmmaker, William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals.  The film is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

The exhibition was comprised of the highly technical miniature sets designed and built with incredible craftsmanship by MOONBOT Studios and is organized in a narrative layout so that guests can experience the film as it was made as they walk through it.  Tours of the exhibition will engage guests in the creative process that is undergone by the artists and demonstrate how an idea is refined in layers through story and character development.  Schools, families, film/animation enthusiasts, and individuals interested in story-telling through artistic mediums are encouraged to take a guided tour of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open through January 29th and is free for the public during normal business hours.  artspace, a project of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, is located at 710 Texas Street in Downtown Shreveport.  To learn about the programs of MOONBOT Studios visit their website atwww.moonbotstudios.com.

OPPORTUNITIES

Family Fun Saturdays:  Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm are designed to engage families in learning through the arts while having fun.  Professional artists are on hand to teach a number of artistic activities that engage children in learning.

Activities during this exhibition are designed to encourage a love of reading and appreciation for books. Activities included will be Stormy Story Books – designing 3D books; Humpty Dumpty Flips Over Animation – creating flip animation books; A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words – developing a storyboard; and more artistic endeavors.  artspace is partnering with the Shreve Memorial Library’s Main Branch to provide a satellite library where children can engage in reading while visiting the Anderson Family Fun-A-Torium atartspace. Cost for participating in Family Fun Saturdays is $7 for children and Free for adults.

Field Trips and Educational Tours:  Schools, community centers, daycare groups, etc. are invited to schedule an educational tour or two-hour field trip, where they will receive a guided tour of the exhibition and two hands-on art activities.  To schedule a tour, contact Tarama Davenport at (318) 673-6500 or email to tarama@shrevearts.org.  Tours are $7 person or $6 person for groups of 20 or more.

Holiday Activities:  artspace will have special event days for children and their parents during the week of Thanksgiving, November 22-24, and following Christmas, December 27-30, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  During these times, families can engage in hands-on activities, tour the exhibition and enjoy a specially priced lunch in the café.Event Rentals: artspace is all decked out New Orleans style and the perfect place for hosting a holiday party or event.  Contact LJ Thomas, artspace Operations Manager, for details on planning your event.

 

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