Animator Creates With Poetry Students

On March 1, Windward invited animator Lisa LaBracio to campus to speak to Brendan Constantine’s Poetry and Creative Writing class. Lisa was on hand to discuss her collaboration with Brendan, whose poem, “The Opposites Game,” she turned into an animated feature for TED-Ed. The two initially connected when poet Sarah Kay reached out to acquire the poem for a new TED-Ed program titled "There’s a Poem For That," a weekly series featuring “animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give us language for some of life's biggest feelings.”

The Opposites Game was already receiving considerable attention, and had just been selected for the Best American Poetry anthology for 2018. When Brendan agreed to share his piece with TED, Lisa and fellow animator Anna Samo were assigned to bring it to life.

For her visit to Windward’s Upper School Creative Writing class, Lisa brought along her camera, some original materials from her studio (including an animation cell which she gave as a gift to the author!), and an exciting project for the group.

After first walking students through her animating process, Lisa and her partner, performance poet John Rives, then encouraged students to try their hands at making their own animated video. Students worked as actors, editors, and videographers, working with Lisa to create a short animated clip (which you can view here). Students were quite enthused by the end result, the final Q & A session going right up until the final bell.

Thank you to Lisa and John for sharing their time and creative energy!

For more of Lisa's work, click here
Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.