NEWTOWN from Chris Rackley on Vimeo.

The video is the result of a two-week workshop at the Rochester Art Center with 5th and 6th-grade students in August, 2015. Everything in this composite video landscape was designed and made by students out of cardboard, paper, glue, tape, and paint. Each element was filmed with an iPhone 4 against green-screen and composited together into a 3-minute animated loop using After Effects.  The movement of the animals was created by students acting as puppeteers for their creations with fishing line. Ending where it begins, the video can be looped endlessly, creating a continuous cycle of day to night.  The project is inspired by the work of Shanghai artist Yang Yongliang who uses a strategy of collage in his looped videos, such as "Before the Rain," 2010 to explore the relationship between landscapes and viral urban growth.