The Ice Book, a combination of animation, puppetry and film, brings a new dimension to pop-up books. The viewer watches a story – of a princess who lures a boy into the forest to warm her heart of ice – but they are seeing only part of the story.
The rest of the story, how husband and wife team Kristin and Davy McGuire had a big dream, a little money, a steep learning curve and a lot of perseverance – is one we can all learn from.
The message? Keep dreaming, don’t let obstacles get in your way AND if you remain open to the possibilities, sometimes the end result is very different, but even better than the dream.
“We created the show during a four month artist residency at the Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen in Germany. All we had was a 5D Mark ii, an old Macbook with After Effects, some builders lights and a green cloth that we improvised as a makeshift green-screen. Before we started we had no idea how to make pop-up books let alone how we could combine them with projections. With a lot of care, love and arguing the idea eventually came to life.”
With a miniature stage made of pop-up cut-outs, this paper theater is brought to life using light and film projection to create an ethereal, haunting artwork. Watch both videos to get a full understanding of what it took to make The Icebook.