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A Valkyrie's Tale: Screening and animation workshop (free)

  • Sequoya Library 4340 Tokay Boulevard Madison, WI, 53711 United States (map)

Students from Crestwood Elementary School share their animated take on Norse mythology. Info


A group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Crestwood Elementary School on Madison's west side made it to the Wisconsin Film Festival last year with the short film Isis And Osiris. They created the film in a new animation class led by art teacher Luke Bassuener (who's also a busy local musician, playing in projects including Asumaya, Faux Fawn, and Disaster Passport), and they've kept on using stop-motion techniques to explore themes from mythology. At this event, Bassuener and students will screen 2018's A Valkyrie's Tale, which blends a grim Norse myth with charming, texturally rich, cut-paper characters and scenery. It's a great example of how filmmakers can create a lot of atmosphere with slim resources: One scene uses flickering scraps of green paper to represent a ring of fire in which the tragic heroine Brunhilde is imprisoned, and the film's score consists of sparse but effective piano, guitar, and thumb-piano figures. In addition to the screening, the students will join Bassuener to give an animation workshop for kids, and will participate in a post-screening Q&A. —Scott Gordon

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