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CANCELLED Bee-Sharp HoneyBee : Animated Apidae Adventures


Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Bee a part of the animation creation for Bee-Sharp Honeybee: An interactive and hands-on experience with resident animator Emily Downes. You can create, construct and immerse yourself in the actual stop-motion creation that is headed for the final Bee-Sharp audio-visual extravaganza. Who knows what kind of spectacle we can create?!


Bee-Sharp Honeybee is a brand new music and animation project currently in development. Inspired by the sound of the bee-buzz, it's an ambitious project, which will culminate in a live string orchestra work, to be performed with a live stream of bees and animated visuals, derived from hand-illustrated graphic scores. Foremost, it's a contribution to help spread the word about bee culture, promote bee research and educate the public about the importance of bees to human survival.

The initial music sketches (composed by Rae Howell) and short documentary of the initial research process (directed by Deacon Warner) are hot off the press!! The Res Box events explore the film, the music making, and the animation creation, featuring interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to give you a real-time experience of the development of Bee-Sharp Honeybee.

Emily Downes

Emily Downes was born in Wisconsin and has spent most of her time between Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN. She received both her BFA and MFA in Film, Video, Animation and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is most passionate about sharing her talents for digital and media arts with all ages while collaborating with local artists to build a strong and vibrant community. She is driven to provide youth and young adults the necessary tools to enact change in their communities through the power of digital storytelling. Emily has been teaching video, animation, and editing for several years and initiated the inclusion of these tools into classroom curriculums and after school programs in both Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Emily has showcased her videos and photography at film festivals and galleries worldwide, including The Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, The Milwaukee Film Festival, Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, The Grim Natwick Animation Film Festival, Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival, Echo Park Film Center, and Altered Esthetics Film Festival.