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Nowheres Wolf is our first independently-made stop-motion short film inspired by the life of Oregon’s famous wolf named Journey, aka OR-7. Journey’s story is an uplifting and relatable narrative of yearning to belong and of connecting with family. The film is designed in a unique textile sculptural style in combination with stop-motion craft in order to make learning about wolves fun and accessible to all – especially families and children.
Our mission with this film is to help wolves and encourage people to learn more about real wolves, challenge their preconceptions and use our film to point toward great science-based programs about wolves.
Artists and Makers
I saw an opportunity to make a project with my friends and colleagues from the stop-motion film industry and other disciplines to create a new, positive image of the wolf. Myself and all of the collaborating artists involved are passionate about this project because wolves and the wildness they represent inspire our art and recharge our spirits. In early 2018 we came together and started working to make the Nowheres Wolf film project to come to life!
A Healthier Way
The goal of this project is twofold. I have always felt that social and environmental justice go hand in hand. Behind the scenes, we seek to support healthier practices for artists. Portland, which is now my home, has grown to be the world center for stop-motion animation, drawing talent from all over the globe. Since stop-motion animation studios are basically both film studios and industrial factories, the health and safety of their employees ought to be a major concern. Nevertheless, many people don’t realize just how toxic some glues, paints and cast materials are when used everyday to make miniatures. Myself and many of my female colleagues have faced chronic pain, organ dysfunctions, and having to choose between ongoing severe pain or having a hysterectomy due to exposure to industry-standard chemicals. This film project is a platform to help change these misconceptions, share knowledge and spread awareness about material safety and the chronic exposure issues that many artists face around the world. Through the course of this film’s production I’ve focused on developing non-toxic alternative materials and processes, and implementing intensive recycling/re-purposing. My aim is to prove that these alternatives can work, be economical, and create a safer work environment.