“Fire Flower,” an animated short stop-motion film directed by Central Michigan University
animation faculty member Steve Leeper, recently took home the award for Best Student Stop-motion Film at the 2019 Los Angeles Animation Festival.
The initial one-minute story reel for “Fire Flower” was created in 2013 by Kayla Mitchell in Leeper’s storyboard class.
The production team also consisted of Leeper as the director and producer and Curtis Wood as the computer graphics supervisor. Sound design help came from
CMU School of Music faculty member Mark Cox and Kurt Roembke, Fort Wayne, Indiana, composer.
“The experiment was to see what would happen if we gave the same kind of resources to a student production as I would making a short film through a small stop-motion studio,” Leeper said.
Serving as the director, producer and much more for this project, Leeper said he is proud to share the film and make connections for future student productions.
“We met with some of my former students and made new contacts in the animation industry that will certainly benefit our CMU animation graduates,” Leeper said.