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When Element Advocate Amy Purdy told us that she was going to be embarking on an adventure of a lifetime (which we later found out was “The Amazing Race”),we were in the midst of designing her newest LLG Collection. So when we heard the news, Amy and the Eden Designers scrambled to make magic happen, and alas, our very own amazing race had begun.
After countless cups of coffee, and days blending into nights, it all came together, and just in the knick of time… Amy was heading out the door to compete, half-way around the world, in… China?! What?! Needless to say, we are on the edge of our seats, and cheering her on. Amy is an inspiration, and with her story of endurance and strength, she truly knows how to overcome any obstacle.
“Get outside, smell the trees, and take in the fresh air…” – Amy Purdy, Element Eden Advocate
The inspiration behind the song and animation was done in homage to Beau Velasco, a very special, compassionate, full of love and creative man, as well as beloved friend to Amber and Japanther. Beau struggled with anxiety and depression, and three years ago, sadly, lost that fight. In honor of him, several of the over 2000 stop motion frames Amber B created for the music video will be sold to benefit a depression and anxiety charity.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, TONIGHT (April 25th) the “Come Back Home” music video will launch with Japantherat The Smell!
Regardless of whether or not you can make it tonight, you can still support the cause by purchasing the frames HERE!!
See the full video HERE
Read more about the event HERE
With the adventurous hearts of our dear friendas Amber B Dianda and Juliana Neufeld, it comes to no suprise they both took to the road for a break this holiday… the big shocker comes in the fact they both by chance visited the exact same places on the exact same day, and didn’t run into one another!!
And so, we say it again, “the stars are so big, the earth is so small… stay as you are” -Marshall McLuhan
“I feel very privileged to be creative for a living…. I get to delve into little aspects of life that most people rush past on their frantic hurry to be somewhere.” -Amber B Dianda
This is one of my favorite images of Amber B… she stares strongly with an intense acceptance that shows the warmth of her heart and equally deep power within her abilities.
The wonderful Producer Amber B Dianda is giving away one of the paper cut still sections from the stop motion portion in the making of Eden: The Story of Element Eden!!
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The weekly Behind The Seams series continues!!
Today, releasing the clip we’ve all been on the edge of our seats waiting for, as we go behind the lens of Advocate Amber B Dianda on the creation of “Eden”!
The film itself was co-directed by Amber B and Kirk Dianda, who documented all the products and personalities behind the brand. Amber is also the hand behind the stop-motion animations featured throughout the film, cutting out each piece individually and positioning them one by one for each frame! While I could describe to you the steps taken in making the film, it is much better explained by Amber herself, so without further ado, a Q&A with our dear dear friend…
Alex: Describe what entails stop-motion animation.
Amber B: Stop-motion (also known as stop action) is the process of shooting one picture at a time, and moving an object individually between frames, creating the illusion of a moving image when played back. Stop-motion animation has a long history in the film world, and helped define movies as we know them today.
Alex: Why did you choose to partner stop-motion animation in the creation of the Eden film?
AB: I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton and old school Disney animations, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at creating my own stop-motion. So when Kirk and I first started talking about this project, we knew we wanted it to keep it short, but still treat it like a story as opposed to a documentary. With that in mind, we needed something to carry the story along, and the animations and voice-overs created the perfect thread to tie it all together. The animations also captured the quirky and creative aspect of Element Eden, so it was a perfect fit.
Alex: How many paper pieces did you cut out by hand for the entire film?
AB: Too many to count, but I took over 2000 individual pictures to create the entire animation!
Alex: About how long did that take?
AB: We worked on and off on this project for over a year, but not a year straight of work… We’d shoot a few days here, and then not touch the project for weeks. I had a lot of other projects going at the same time, so in between those, I would carve out small scenes, one at a time. I would maybe spend an entire day cutting paper out one time, and then other times I’d focus and shoot all day (and night).
Alex: What was the most challenging aspect in the creation of the film?
AB: Trying to cram all the amazing people and things about Element Eden into a piece under 5 minutes. We literally have hours of awesome footage that we shot over the period of the last few years.
Alex: You and your husband Kirk do quite a few projects together as creative minds… Was this one any different?
AB: No, it wasn’t different. Each project we do, we approach it with fresh eyes and strive to capture the idea of the project as best we can. We both work very differently when it comes to creating things, so I think we teach other something different with every project. I usually shoot still photography and his specialty is film, but our rolls changed and blurred on this project. I always love learning and mastering new things, and feel very lucky to be able to share that with the most special person in the whole wide world, my husband.
Alex: What is your favorite part of the stop-motion animation within the film? Why?
AB: I think the words section that describes what it is to be an Eden girl is my favorite scene. I have worked with Element Eden for about ten years, and have met so many amazing and inspiring woman associated with the brand. At first I wasn’t sure how to capture that until I came up with the words that describe an Eden girl… It became a manifesto, and I love how each word grows to reveal the next.
Alex: Looking back, what is one word you would use to sum up the entire film and why?
AB: Feminine. It’s beautiful and nurtures all the traits that Eden stands for.
Alex: In the many personalities featured and interviewed, which sticks out in your mind and why?
AB: Shooting Miya Ando in her studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Miya Ando is the sweetest woman you will ever meet. She’s tiny and delicate but has this amazing studio that is full of heavy duty metal working tools like hammers and blow torches. It was such a contrast to the intricate workmanship of her pieces. She’s incredible, and I will remember that day we spent with her forever.
Earlier this year we went to visit Amy Purdy in Idaho to shoot her new line for Element Eden called; Live Learn Grow. The weather was just warming up and the rolling hills of golden grasses smelled so beautiful. Amy said the colors of the landscape was a huge inspiration to the color pallet of her garment line.
Here are a couple of photos I took while we were there…It was pretty magical.
Check out Amy’s website to learn more about how amazing she is, here.
See more of my photography at amberbcreate.com/photography.
All our fears and unfulfilled dreams form limitations on what we feel about ourselves and what we could become. It’s only when we relinquish and face our insecurities that we live, learn and grow. ~Amber B Dianda, 2005.
Photo: Stony Creek, Sequoia National park, California.
See more of my landscape photography here!
I shot Eden Advocate Asha Iside recently. She’s a TV host, writer, producer and currently works as photo shoot co-ordinator for America’s Next Top Model. There is nothing that this amazing woman can’t do!
Check out Asha’s website for more. ashakontv.com
See more of my studio portraits at amberbcreate.com/photography
To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness for that is when the stars shine brightest. ~unknown