Lynn Smith working in her studio.

Lynn Smith

Where she calls home: Montreal, Canada

Fluid frame techniques: Gouache on glass, drawing under the camera with water-based crayons, cut-out animation and any combination of them all.

Fluid frame films: Soup of the Day, Sandburg’s Arithmetic, The Sound Collector, Pearl’s Diner, This is Your Museum Speaking, Siena

ProTip: When beginning a new project, deciding the right technique may require some testing.

You will need to allocate a reasonable amount of time (at the very least: a full day – hopefully more). And you will want to devise some tests that you believe will uncover the range of possibilities inherent in the technique you are considering.

But testing is not just the time to try out specific ideas. Testing is also a time to make mistakes. This is because in the mistakes, you may discover something you did not know you were looking for. Plan definite experiments, and at the same time do not be afraid to have some fun by trying out some impossible ideas. Very Important: Document your entire exploration by recording everything.

 

The Sound Collector by Lynn Smith, National Film Board of Canada

Soup of the Day by Lynn Smith, National Film Board of Canada

Find out more:

On the NFB:

https://www.nfb.ca/explore-all-directors/lynn-smith?language=en

On Pyramid Media:

LYNN SMITH: METHOD

http://www.pyramidmedia.com/homepage/search-by-title/humanities/film-studies/lynn-smith-method-detail.html

SANDBURG’S ARITHMETIC:

http://www.pyramidmedia.com/homepage/search-by-title/humanities/sandburg-s-arithmetic-detail.html

THE SHOUT IT OUT ALPHABET FROM A TO Z

http://www.pyramidmedia.com/homepage/search-by-title/animation/shout-it-out-detail.html

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