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The Magical Pop-Up Book Theater


Once in a while a special project comes along… “The Ice Book” is a miniature paper theater with light and computer graphics projected on it. It is beautifully executed by Davy and Kristin McGuire.

Official notes about “The Ice Book” (published at Vimeo):

[…] It tells the story of a mysterious princess who lures a boy into her magical world to warm her heart of ice. It is made from sheets of paper and light, designed to give a live audience an intimate and immersive experience of film, theatre, dance, mime and animation.

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.

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Below: The making of the “Ice Book.”
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