From 24/04/2014 to 10/08/2014
The Gaîté Lyrique is a cultural venue that focuses on modernity and independent art and music. With offerings that vastly contrast those of traditional museums like the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay, the Gaîté Lyrique is perfect for anyone who want to get a little something different out of their Paris art experience.
From April 24 until August 10, 2014, the venue will present an exhibit called 'Motion Factory,' which takes spectators behind the scenes of animated films. Animated film director Yves Geleyn is responsible for this unique exhibition, which shows what it is like to make an full-length animation from start to finish. 'Motion Factory' really gives a sense of just how much work goes into such a production, especially when the animated film is made using tangible materials such as wood, paper or modelling clay.
Films like those featuring the well-known duo Wallace and Gromit use such a technique, with their characters made of clay and posed and reposed for each frame. Using a process called stop-motion animation, the film creators painstakingly produce each scene frame-by-frame throughout the film.
Therefore, each millisecond of film basically corresponds to a photograph taken. The photographs are then strung together to make the film, so it is essential that the clay models are posed precisely and accurately for each shot in order to create the smooth motion that audiences expect to see in a professional animated film. To illustrate this process, director Geleyn is allowing the exhibit to display his own characters made out of modelling clay, which have been used in films. This gives visitors an idea of what the clay models used in stop-motion animation look like.
Moreover, more a dozen directors will come to the Gaîté Lyrique in order to share their production techniques, show behind-the-scenes footage and present the figurines that they used during the making of their films. Participating directors include Johnny Kelly, Mikey Please and Conor Finnegan -- all of whom had made highly successful animated shorts.
There is even an interactive creation studio where visitors can try their hand at making their own stop-motion animated shorts. Guests staying at the Résidence Henri IV can have this one-of-a-kind-experience only at the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris.