Akasha is an animated film that uses the expressive movements of aerial and dance to explore one woman’s connection to the elements.
Beginning with a narrative that transitioned through each element, the films was shot live using silks, harness, wall and floor along with various props such as fabric and ribbon to help guide the animation. This was then edited together and each frame was printed out on paper. Using carbon paper, lightboxes, crayons, pastels, pencil and watercolour, a group of amateur animators traced eachframe in his/her own style. The sound design was created using sounds collected within the studio. The result is a delightful blend of chaotic style and flowing movement that reflects the truly sublime quality of the natural elements.
Commissioned by TAIS, the film made its debut on the Toronto Subway system, as part of Nuit Blanche 2011.
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