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Benji’s War Reenactment

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Aug/17

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Meet Benji. He's a 12 year old history buff, with a particular affection for wars. Mostly American Revolution, but also other stuff, Civil War and the like. He's been into it for a long time, in fact it turns out that Deanna was his counselor when he was six, and remembers him asking her for a face painting about the war of 1812.

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He brought his own ziploc back full of plastic soldiers from home with the intention of making a war reenactment movie on the stop-motion animation station. He has a YouTube channel devoted to his war stuff and wanted a neat addition to it, although he has made those kind of movies at home before.

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When he saw the Light Play setup, though, he decided to pivot his plan and make light and shadow versions of his war reenactments instead. He has also brought some Keva blocks that he used to set up a stage, and slowly started building a tableaux of characters.

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His arrangements were very intentionals, here's a snippet of him talking about his creation:

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“What I am attempting to do here is to create a kind of cross zone between this light right here and then this light here with the climax in the middle.” I think it's clear that there is an aesthetic intentionality at play that serves to highlight the drama of the narrative being deployed. One of the possible directions we discussed about Light Play considered it being used for stage lighting, and I think this gets close to that kind of use.

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Later he created a completely different arrangement depicting another battle, this time adding motion with a rotating platform, and using the lights to create a clear separation between the blue side and the red side, signifying the two factions at war.

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