Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they’re gone.
-Beka and Yuri would do all sorts of things other people would consider as date-y, but for the two of them, Yuri especially, it’s really just hanging out with a friend, which is in and of itself already super exciting for the boy.
-Whenever Yura comes up with his ideas, Beka just nods happily and internally he is still screaming because the guy he’s been waiting to be friends with for five years is asking him to come along to whatever place he wants to go – and that’s already more than he could’ve hoped for.
-When they’re at the cinema the first time, Yura is super excited. However, about halfway through the film, Beka notices how the boy keeps fidgeting and squirming in his seat.
-Beka asks what’s going on and Yura mumbles something about not having enough space to move. Beka understands, Yura normally lounges around like a cat, with his limbs and arms everywhere. Being confined to the small cinema chairs must be horrible for him.
-So next time they plan to see a movie, Yura is remarkably less enthusiastic about it. Beka has an idea and offers to book the seats beforehand.Yura agrees.
-They pick up the tickets and Yura blindly follows Beka to the screen. They walk up the dimly lit stairs, and he sighs at the prospect of sitting in these tiny chairs again, worse even, next to people he doesn’t know.
-Yura tries hard to hide his worsening mood when Beka suddenly stops walking and he runs into his broad back.
-The taller boy steps aside – and reveals the couple’s chair. Beka waits for the reaction. Now that they’re actually here he does start to worry a bit –maybe he was being too bold? The boy’s cheeks are flushed, but aside from that he just looks surprised and mildly amused.
-“Pffffff, seriously?! I’ve always wanted to be in one of these!” Yuri cries excitedly, and he jumps into the crimson coloured seat. He stretches until his legs hang off the arm rests, but he looks so comfortable and cosy and Beka wouldn’t be surprised to hear him purr.
-“You’re not making room for me?” Beka asks amused and Yuri grins. The blond moves, but not much, and Beka decides to be bold again. He slides into the wide seat next to Yuri and just lifts the younger’s slim legs and drapes them across his own thighs.
-“Better?” he asks and Yura grins happily. He even snuggles a little closer and steals some of Beka’s popcorn.
Today, we’re hoping to inspire a little animated fun! We’re using a neat animation method called ‘pixilation’, in which humans are used as stop-motion puppets, to get from Point A to Point B. So grab your tablet or your smart phone or your camera, and come make human stop-motion with us!
Why walk there when you could slide there? Just like in stop-motion animation, the puppet moves just a bit for every photo that’s taken. So: Step to your left, Photo, Repeat!
Here’s the oldest trick in the ‘Special Effects’ book! In George Méliès’ ‘A Trip to the Moon’ from 1902, he infamously turn the camera off, had the subject leave the screen, and turned the camera back on to continue the shot, thus creating cinema’s first disappearing act! So, remember that film is just a series of photographs, and that you, too, can teleport!
Fly there! This one also counts as a daily work out. Just like we did in the slide, except with a jump! And a very well timed cameraperson… So: Step to your left, Jump, Photo, Repeat! You’ll notice we did a few jumping photos in place at the beginning and end to really make the puppet look like she can fly.
Have fun with it! What do you have in your home that you can play with and add to the animation?
Our favorite part about animation is that truly everything is possible! So whatever kooky idea you have, you can make happen with just a little planning and the right tools.
TOMORROW, U.S. Whovians can join the Second Doctor on one of the most celebrated of Doctor Who adventures. For one night only, The Power of the Daleks will be in select cinemas for the first viewing in 50 years.