Happiness is a Leaf

by Megan -

Ever find yourself in a funk that you just can’t seem to get out of? Sometimes it takes something as silly as a leaf floating down from the trees to cheer you up. This is exactly what happens to an old man in Aurora Nunez’s short iStopMotion film, Happy Leaf. A bus zooms right past him as he's waiting on the bench, leaving him quite unhappy, to say the least.

I felt like the grumpy man was just an exaggeration of all of us when we have a bad day,” Aurora says in the video’s YouTube posting. “Everyone has those days, but in my character's case a single leaf and imagination make the day better. I choose the leaf because that day I had a flashback. If you put a leaf between your thumbs and blow it will make a noise and it will make you giggle like a child.”

I must say, the old man’s music sounds much nicer than mine when I used to “play music” with leaves or blades of grass as a child. A fantastic jazz medley ensues as fans gather to watch him perform. The fun spark of imagination really cheers the man up, reminding us that sometimes, when you’re feeling down, you just need to close your eyes and use your imagination to pump yourself up again. One way you can do this is by making an iStopMotion animation of your own!

Of her animation, Aurora, 17, said she used wire, putty, paper and thread to create and animate the doll. She used a scenic picture downloaded from the Internet as her background and used two planes to make it easier for the pieces to move around. Stop motion animation created using Boinx's iStopMotion. Isn’t it just amazing what you can do with every day objects? Well done, Aurora, and thanks for the pick-me-up!