There's a Party in This Bookstore and You're Not Invited

The Joy of Books, a charming stop-motion animation, brings a Toronto bookstore to life after hours

Sean Ohlenkamp and Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp bring a Toronto bookstore to life after hours in The Joy of Books, a charming, meticulously choreographed stop-motion animation. The couple teamed up with 20 volunteers to transform Type Books, working night after night . Ohlenkamp describes what went into making the video below.  

The Atlantic: What inspired you to make this video?

Sean Ohlenkamp: The original Organizing the Bookcase video was created when my wife, Lisa, and I wanted to do something creative together over Family Day weekend here in Canada. It had some minor success online and we thought that we could make it bigger, better, and put a nice message out there in the process.


Organizing the Bookcase, by Sean Ohlenkamp and Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp

What went into creating such complex stop-motion animations? 

Some 20 volunteers and I worked from the moment the doors of Type Books locked at 6:00pm to the moment they opened again at 10:00am. Then we did again another night. And another. And another. The volunteers were a mix of students from Mohawk College to my colleagues at Lowe Roche to my incredibly patient wife. I approached Grayson Matthews Music + Sound with the idea and they jumped on board, composing the custom music for the short film.

What's next for you?

I'm not sure what's next for me. I think I definitely want to take a break for a while. Maybe just sit back and read a good book. :)

For more work by Sean Ohlenkamp, visit  http://www.ohkamp.com/. For more by Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp, see http://www.blonderland.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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