Stop Motion Animation "Tink's Wink"
Tink is a Moon Spirit who stays at post
keeping watch for dreams that get lost
However, Tink wandered off on a trail of cloudberry
And because of his merry
Fun without doing work, He was sent to the factory
Where the all the dreams tell their story
For it’s a dream factory, churning out little yellow
Dream dolls that are mellow
But it is an important job
Something not to sob
Or be lazy about…
Tink gets to work, and he puts a dream doll
In one bigger doll, all on a roll
But, Tink was too curious and it was possibly a bore
So he thought of what he could do more
He let the bigger doll pass
Without putting in the core, just to see
The big doll, hollow, now turned into a bad dream,
With a frozen scream
A nightmare, a ghoul, a goon
In the land of the moon
It slipped away, quickly, up the cloud chute
It was not cute
But terrifying and Tink knew he was in big trouble
If he did not catch the escaping bad dream
It would haunt the realm!
Tink followed the hollowed dream
Clouds were everywhere, thick, thin, foggy, and round
There was no sound
Tink was quiet, and so was the bad one
What Tink didn’t see
The bad one sneaking up behind
And without a warning, the bad dream swallowed up Tink
Trapped inside, there was no time to think!
But to act!
Tink was afraid, and looked around
The hollow round
Thinking how he can escape
But a thought took hold of him, for this was a cape
Peering out of the empty sad eyes, Tink was a Mask
He started haunting the other Moon Spirits, hard at task
But his fun did not last
As he couldn’t get past
The biggest Spirit, who was Mad
For Tink was a bit Bad
He got sent to wash the bad dream, soaping the black away
To see the yellow again, to have it that way
A character is about finding elements within the self to create, a manifested embodiment, while a world for the character is about mapping the story, and an object in the story directs the navigation of the character within the parameters of that world. The audience follows the navigation, alas, how the story unfolds. Everything, from logic to color, is then placed with intent by the storyteller for the audience – which falls to be you.
“Tink’s Wink” is a story made of dreams, and a dream made of stories. Tink is a brave and curious little Moon Spirit whose task is to keep watch on dreams, protecting little sleeping children. This story explores the sides that balance us: the good and the bad. The concept is that a bad dream is empty, a void that swallows a part of the dreamer, trapping one in fear. If we all are more conscious, we would get out of bad dreams immediately, but we don’t. Instead it traps us.
When we are dreaming we are unconscious of the dream being a dream but as soon as we wake up, slipping from imagination to reality, the dream becomes part of the conscious mind, a story.
Thus, we are all walking stories.
This project started during the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts with the intent of incorporating one object (Russian Nesting Dolls) and one color (yellow) in the narrative.
MFA Visual Narrative, School of Visual Arts, July 2013, New York City