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    "Do you want to shoot her or should I?"

    "I'll do it I guess."

    This isn't the dialog of a bad hit man movie. It was the sound of some of Louisville's top photographers getting together to produce a unique and extensive creative stop motion project involving a seven hour process on Saturday January 17. Jace Lightman and Derek Hibben saw a video where a model is transformed on screen in seconds by a body painting process and wanted to create something similar. They put out the call on Facebook for models and photographers to join them; they received an overwhelming response.

    Herschel Zahnd, who teaches film and video at Jefferson Technical and Community College, acquired permission to use the photo studio there as Lightman and Hibben selected the rest of their team and set forth on preparations. The first model, Shelby Morgan, was brought in for a test body painting session and photo shoot prior to the shooting day. Then, stand in model Kayla Goss and the rest of the team arrived about 2 p.m. on the day of the actual shoot to stand in, warm up the lighting conditions, and give photographers something to do while waiting for the primary model to be ready. The primary model arrived around 3:15, and things got underway. The spirits were high and excitement crackled through the room full of passionate creatives as preparations were finalized; it was still an hour of discussion, test photos, and stance decisions before the long process of stop motion began while Josh Tyson shot behind the scenes photos.

    Steve-O-The Phoenix Shepherd stepped in and made a small line on Kesley Moorefield's leg with his airbrush. He stepped out of the frame, so that Zahnd could snap a photo from his computer workstation. Then, the process was repeated - over and over for hours. Photographer Robert Wheeler watched carefully, ready to assist as needed while Lightman and Hibben headed up the process. It was 4:30 when Zahnd called out, "We've hit our 100th shot." There were about a thousand shots expected, and they wrapped up around 9 p.m.

    "It was a no brainer," said Hibben when asked what attracted him to the project. "The level of talent involved and the opportunity to work with Herschel made it so."


    When the video is completed, the model will transform from bare skinned beauty to frozen ice queen within moments and then be part of a short video involving a frozen lake. The team hopes to be completed with the project within a month and will be sharing it online.

    Photography: Top -Model Kesley Moorefield poses after make up is completed - photo by Jace Lightman Bottom: The tables are turned - Moorefield poses with the camera aimed at the rest of the crew - From Left, back row - Steve - O The Phoenix Shepherd, Josh Tyson, Jace Lightman, Kayla Goss Front row: Robert Wheeler, Derek Hibben, and Herschel Zahnd  - Photo by Jace Lightman  Photo below: Shepherd applies make up - photo by Josh Tyson

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    Jessica Lynn has been writing for since fall of 2010 and has also been published in LEO, Velocity, Voice-Tribune and others after serving as Editor in Chief of The JCC student newspaper, The Quadrangle. She has also served as columnist or contributing writer to an array of online publications.

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