Holy acme registration batman! NWFF is now the proud owner of a freakishly large animation stand. We (Stefan Gruber is to blame) have affectionately named it, “Captain Pancakes.” As best we can tell, the Cap’n is a product of the 1940s by the FAX company. The machine itself is unquestionably a thing of beauty. Such precise craftmanship! What beautiful alloys! It is testament to the age when mechanical devices were constructed with pride and were meant to last.
The table is a dream for animators because it allows you to perform very precise, measured movements in many different directions. That may sound lame to the philistines. But we are not philistines, we are WigglyWorld! Movement is what imbues inanimate objects with human qualities. Whether you work in two dimensions with drawings, cels, collage or three dimensions doing stop motion movement, the Cap’n will be your new pixie-powered magic wand for your cinematic magic.
Originally designed for use with 16mm, I’m working on tricking it out with DV or digital SLR cameras so the kids can practice and learn without the expense that film requires.
Big ups to the people who have brought Captain Pancakes to NWFF. Mostly to a Seattle treasure who sadly passed away recently, fantastic animator Jim Coffin. Jim’s animations made their way onto TV and elsewhere for the past several decades. We’re proud to honor him by making this animation table available to a new generation of animators. Also, muchas gracias to Web Crowell, Jon Nonnenmacher, Jack Bennett, and Peter Lucas for breaking their backs in the move and getting the stand upright and functional. Stay tuned to the website and calendar to find out when we’ll be offering classes on the Cap’n or drop me a line to find out more.