Supported by Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, as part of the Hastings Digital Museum programme, Tree Tunnel have created the bare bones of a 30-second animated film celebrating the town – and they need your help to bring it to life!

To create the 30-second film, with 12.5 frames of animation per second, there are 375 individual outlined images which need decorating. Tree Tunnel is looking for members of the local community to each ‘claim’ a frame and add their own artistic style to it. They will all start as black-and-white line drawings, but how they end up is only limited by your imagination – colour it in, draw on it, stick things on it, whatever you fancy!

Adam Clements, Director of Tree Tunnel says: “You can print it then scan it to return your copy or you can decorate it using digital software like Photoshop. If you don’t have a printer or scanner, we can provide you with a printed frame or collect finished pieces.” 

Example frame for decoration

He says the idea was inspired by a music video, Bubbles in Space by Michael Andrews, (vimeo.com/45943084) – created in the US some years ago – where schoolkids coloured in each frame. To his knowledge it has never been done here in UK.

“This town is very important to me,” Adam says, “and I hope in some way everyone will feel they have a little part of it. The theme of the film is to celebrate the town and the style is to celebrate the people. When watching you can even pause and watch your individual frame! 

“What’s great about the technique is that the film will be more than the sum of its parts. Although it might seem quite chaotic, panning shots of locations round Hastings will provide form for each sequence so it will be possible to make a coherent film.” He describes it as, “an unpredictable visual stream of consciousness from the collective mind of 400 people in the town”.

Adam and the Mayor after voiceover recording

Although this will only be a 30-second video, to some extent Adam says it is “proof of concept”; he and his co-conspirator Mark Curry would love to make a much longer one. In fact, post Covid, he wants to harness the community to get people together in a physical space to produce something.

There are many already subscribed, including 180 frames for the pupils of Silverdale school, So, if you want to join in, claim your frame!

To participate, follow the link www.treetunnel.com/communityanimation and complete the form, making sure
to check the ‘request a frame’ box.

Any questions, contact Adam at [email protected]


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