KANSAS CITY, Mon. – Highly praised Stop motion animation artist Bona Bones jokes that she is following in Walt Disney’s footsteps, just the other way around.
“I actually went to the animation school that Walt Disney started, the California Institute of the Arts,” said Bones.
But unlike Disney, who left Kansas City for Hollywood, Bones grew up in California and is excited to call KC home now.
“Every summer we did this girls trip. We all came to Kansas City and went to bars, shows, and restaurants. I just really loved it, “said Bones.
These days, Bones occupies two worlds. She is an assistant professor of animation at the Kansas City Art Institute, making stop-motion animation videos for everyone from Blake Shelton and Jane’s Addiction to ads for Ziploc.
“I really like to give personality to these little inanimate objects and to decide what that personality looks like,” she said.
It is really a love work. According to Bones, every second of the action with dolls, barbies and other action figures takes up to an hour of posing and taking photos.
Bones then puts the individual still images together to create a timeline to create the illusion of animation.
“I’m really enjoying the performance aspect,” she said.
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