349

Created with hundreds of pencils and hundreds of hands, 349 is a collaborative animated film that explores the idea that we're all imperceptibly connected.

 

A dance performance was videotaped and converted into a series of still frames. 349 different people each redrew one of these frames to represent themselves and someone with whom they have an important connection. The resulting drawings were displayed to evoke the experience of a walk-through flipbook, where participants were able to see their own image in the context of the animation, movement, and installation in its entirety.​ This exhibition was installed at Assemble in March 2015. Afterward, all of the drawings were scanned, sequenced, and synced to music to create the short animated film.

349 premiered at DCTV + Dance Films Association's Long Legs Short Films in New York in June 2016. It has since screened at Paris International Festival of Animated Film, New Orleans Film Festival, Tallgrass International Film Festival, Video Art And Experimental Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and the Film Society at Lincoln Center + Dance Films Association's Dance on Camera Film Festival. It was awarded the Honorable Mention in Animation Filmmaking at the 2016 University Film and Video Association Conference, an Audience Award at Salamanca Moves MOVE-ies in Tasmania, and the Jury Prize for an Experimental Short at Dallas VideoFest.

© 2018 by Kristen Lauth Shaeffer