Join Branden Hall for an in-depth discussion in this video Animation Station at the Smithsonian: a labor of love, part of Branden Hall: Interactive Architect and Digital Maker.
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Branden Hall: So, another one of our projects was a pro-bono piece we did for the…Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Udvar-Hazy wing, out by Dulles Airport.…It's a new wing of the Air and Space Museum that's essentially a huge hangar,…a series of hangars, with lots of different planes and things about the history of flight.…It's a really amazing museum space.…And we have a good friend of mine and my wife's that works there, and she had…this great idea to help teach kids about animation as part of their…education outreach program.…
So she approached me and said, "We really want to do some amazing things with…stop-motion animation, but we have these off-the-shelf systems that are too…complicated and cost too much money.…We need something that really gives kids this really rapid experience, where…they can come up to it and make animation in the really beautiful old-school…stop-motion way, but it be extremely approachable and where they're able to…actually walk away with their animation in their hands."…
Branden opens up his personal studio and explains his fascination with "making," whether through programming or woodwork, and the magic behind bringing his ideas to life. Branden and crew also visit the BLOOM installation, a project designed to display artwork for La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a museum dedicated to Mexican American history and culture in Los Angeles. Lynda then interviews Branden one-on-one, and they talk about Branden's beginnings, most notable projects, and where he sees himself and technology headed in the future.